Syrian regime claims Israeli missiles blocked near Occupied Golan Heights

Syrian regime claims Israeli missiles blocked near Occupied Golan Heights
Israeli missiles were reportedly fired in Syria near the occupied Golan Heights and blocked by the regime's air defence system
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12 July, 2018
Israel has been blamed for a series of strikes in Syria in recent months [Getty]
Syria's air defences on Wednesday blocked an Israeli missile attack on army positions in southwest Syria near the occupied Golan Heights, state news agency SANA has said. 

"The aircraft of the Israeli enemy launches a number of missiles at several army positions" in the southwestern province of Quneitra, causing material damage, it said.

Earlier in the day, an Israeli Patriot missile intercepted a drone launched from Syria on Wednesday, setting off sirens in the occupied Golan Heights, according to the Israeli army.

"UAV from Syria intercepted by Patriot missile, causing sirens in Golan and Emek HaYarden Regional Councils. More details to follow," an army statement said.

The Emek HaYarden region is located southwest of the Golan, near Syria.

Israel has been on alert in recent weeks over fighting in the south of neighbouring Syria, warning that ceasefire lines between Syria and Israel must be respected.

Spillover fire from Syria's civil war has occasionally landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan.

Israel is especially concerned about Iran's military presence in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned his country will not allow Iran, its main enemy, to entrench itself militarily next door.

In February, Israel intercepted what it said was an armed drone sent into its territory by Iran.

A series of strikes in Syria that have killed Iranians have been attributed to Israel in recent months. 

Iran is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war, as is Russia.

Wednesday's incident came as Netanyahu travelled to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss Syria.

Israel seized a large swathe of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, in a move never recognised by the international community.