Syria says it intercepted Israeli missile attack near Golan Heights

Syrian air defense has responded to Israeli missiles targeting the south and center of the country, official media said on Thursday.

“Our air defense was faced with an Israeli missile attack in the southwest of Quneitra province” in the south and also in a central region, the SANA news agency said.

The short statement released after midnight did not provide details on the targets. The province of Quneitra is close to the Golan Heights annexed by Israel.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes targeted two military airports in the central province of Homs and two areas in the province of Quneitra where pro-Damascus allies of the Lebanese group Hezbollah are present.

But the British-based war monitor said there were no immediate reports of death or property damage.

Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria, targeting mainly government troops as well as Iranian allied forces and Hezbollah fighters.

It is rare for the Jewish state to directly demand such strikes.

SANA quoted a military source saying that at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (10:30 p.m. GMT Wednesday) “our air defense observed the movement of Israeli fighter jets … Several missiles were fired into the central region.

“The hostile missiles were immediately dealt with and successfully confronted, none could reach their target.”

In mid-February, Israeli strikes on Damascus airport killed seven Syrian and Iranian fighters, according to the Observatory.