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Report: Syrian army fired anti-aircraft missile at Israeli fighter jet last week as escalation continues


Escalation follows statement by Islamic Jihad, which vowed to retaliate against Israel for air strikes

The Syrian army fired an anti-aircraft missile at an Israeli fighter jet that had crossed into Syrian airspace near Quneitra, a Syrian city near to the Israel-Syria border, the Lebanese news network Al Mayadeen reported late Friday. Israeli sources confirmed the report to i24news.

Earlier in the day, Israel struck a vehicle in Syria containing five people believed to be members of Islamic Jihad. Al Mayadeen reported that three of the people killed in the strike were Palestinian.

While the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad terror group has not yet confirmed this, they promised retaliation against Israel for air strikes carried out in Syrian territory following a spate of rocket fire in northern Israel on Thursday.

The Hamas-linked Palestinian news site Safa reported that a member of Islamic Jihad’s political bureau, Muhammad al-Hindi, said he was unaware of any causalities from the group in Syria, but if true, “the movement will know how to protect its sons.”

The strikes carried out by Israel on Thursday came in response to the firing of four rockets into Israel from Syria, which targeted a cell believed to be responsible for the rocket attacks.

afp-676c6b4efcff531cbd48f9c916ba4137ffd72666Menahem Kahana (AFP/File)”A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows smoke rising following explosions in a village in Syria’s Quneitra province, on June 17 2015″

The IDF announced on Friday that it had destroyed the squad that launched rockets from Syria to Israel.

“I said this week that whoever tries to hurt us, we will hut them. And that’s what we did,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


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