Syrian Army Shoots Down Israeli Missiles, Hits Israeli Aircraft

Syrian military air defenses hit an Israeli F-5 jet and shot down a number of missiles fired by the Jewish aggressors targeting the T4 air base in Homs province, the SUrian Arab News Agency SANA has reported.

“The army air defense on Sunday evening confronted an Israeli aggression on T-4 Airport in Homs countryside,” the SANA report said.

“The defense downed a number of missiles which targetedT-4 airport and hit one of the attacking warplanes, forcing the others to leave the airspace.

“The Israeli aggression came in coincidence with the successive defeats of terrorists in Daraa where the Syrian Arab Army is carrying out a wide-scaled military operation against terrorist groups,” the report continued.

“The army has been able to liberate scores of villages and towns and it has forced the armed groups in other areas to surrender and hand over their weapons and ammunition.”

The Syrian government, as well as its allies Iran and Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on the same Homs base, an attack that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Tehran vowed at the time to respond.

In May, Israel said it attacked Tehran’s military infrastructure in Syria, accusing Iranian forces of firing rockets at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, in the most extensive military exchange between the two states.

An Israeli-Iranian showdown also flared over Syria in February, when Israel said an armed drone coming from the T4 base penetrated its air space. Israel blew up the drone and carried out a raid on Syrian air defenses, in which one of its F-16 jets was downed.

* Separately, SANA’s correspondent in Bratislava, in the Slovak Republic, reported that Slovak Parliamentarian, and leader of the People’s Party-Our Slovakia, Marian Kotleba, had issued a statement after a visit to Syria saying that the war being “waged against Syria and the conspiracy which has targeted it are due to [that nation] standing up to the global criminal Zionist regime and [thereby] preventing [the Jewish ethnostate] from implementing its schemes of imposing hegemony on the region.”

Kotleba, who visited Syria as part of an European parliamentary delegation, said he had seen the “acts of destruction and sabotage perpetrated by Zionism and its tools of terrorists and this enhanced his conviction with regard to the attempts of Zionism to impose hegemony on the region and the world.”

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