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8. Israeli fighter jets attack southern Syria

Israel acknowledges an attack by its warplanes on what it calls Iranian targets in Syria. The Syrian side has reportedly counterattacked by firing a missile.

Syria's state-run news agency SANA says four Israeli fighter jets attacked areas surrounding the capital, Damascus, and the southern part of the country on Sunday. SANA says Syria's air defense system intercepted missiles shot by the Israeli jets.

Israel had repeatedly conducted air strikes in Syria, claiming that its rival Iran is trying to expand its power base by intervening in the civil war in that country.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu effectively acknowledged recent Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria.
He said, "We have a permanent policy, to strike at the Iranian entrenchment in Syria and hurt whoever tries to hurt us."

Shortly after Sunday's attack, the Israeli air defense system shot down a missile fired at the occupied Golan Heights on the Syrian frontier.

A video taken by a tourist visiting a skiing resort in the area shows a vapor trail in the sky appearing to have been made by the missile.

Syria has rarely counterattacked Israeli air offensives.
There is concern that conflicts could further escalate between the two countries.
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