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REPORTS ABOUT ISRAELI AIR STRIKES AGAINST SYRIAN ARMY IN QUNEITRA. MSM CLAIMS RUSSIAN S-300 DESTROYED


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Official Syrian sources denied reports that attack helicopters of the Israeli Air Force struck the 90th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) south of Quneitra on April 29.
This statement came after several news agencies claimed that the Israeli Air Force conducted an airstrike on Syrian army targets in southern Quneitra after a rocket fell in the Israeli territory coming from the area of Syria.
Local sources talked about un usual movement of Israeli helicopters and fighter jets along the Syrian-Israeli front, the sources also confirmed the deployment of Israeli tanks on advance position the front.
Earlier this week, Israeli warplanes had launched five missiles on an alleged Hezbollah arms depot at the Damascus International Airport. The Israeli Air Defense Forces also used a Patriot missile against a reconnaissance drone after it had penetrated the Israeli airspace from Syria.
It is believed that the Israeli escalation on the Syrian front may be related to a widely expected SAA operation that will be aimed at securing some areas in the countryside of Quneitra.
Israel opposes a possible expansion of the influence of Hezbollah and pro-iranian militias operating in Syria along the Israeli-Syrian border.
Meanhile, a pro-Israeli media campaign against the Iranian-Syrian-Russian alliance expanded in the media. Right now, the mainstream media is actively dissiminating reports that Israeli warplanes destroyed a Russian S-300 missile defense system in January, 2017.
Business Insider’s report (April 27, 2017):
In Air Forces Monthly, Thomas Newdick summarized a report from Georges Malbrunot at the French newspaper Le Figaro that said Israel took its F-35s out on a combat mission one month after getting them from the US.
Malbrunot reported that on January 12, Israeli F-35s took out a Russian-made S-300 air defense system around Syrian President Bashar Assad’s palace in Damascus and a Russian-made Pantsir-S1 mobile surface-to-air missile system set for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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