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Syrian air defense rejects Israeli attacks in the south: state media



BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian military air defense counteracts an Israeli attack on Sunday and shoots more missiles in the southern country, the prime minister said.

"Our air defense systems countered … an Israeli air raid … and prevented it from reaching some of its targets," a military source told the state's SANA news agency. It gave no further details.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week recognized an Israeli attack on what he called an Iranian weapons cache in Syria, where Tehran gives Damascus vital support.

He told his cabinet Israel had implemented "hundreds" of attacks in the last years of Syria's war to limit Iran and its allies Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Often silence on the attacks on Iranian targets near the border, Israel has lifted the veil this month, a sign of confidence in a campaign committed with occasional tensions with Syria's great power supporters Russia.

Reporting of Ellen Francis in Beirut and Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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