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Damascus accuses Israel of first Syria strikes since air defence upgrade

Damascus Friday accused Israel of striking Syria, in what a monitor said were the such first missiles to hit the country since an air defence upgrade after the downing of a Russian plane in September.

The Syrian regime claimed its air defence systems shot down all “hostile targets” late Thursday. Israel did not confirm carrying out raids but denied any losses.

The Syrian foreign ministry on Friday said it had complained to the United Nations about “the Israeli aggression yesterday on the area of Kisweh south of Damascus”.

According to the Syria Observatory for Human Rights, the strikes hit two positions in the south of Damascus province, one an area where there are Iranian weapons depots in Kisweh.

“Israeli forces bombarded for an hour,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

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