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Syria 'repels' Israeli surveillance aircraft: state media

AFP  |  Damascus 

repelled Israeli surveillance planes that breached its southern border, reported, days after an Israeli fighter jet was downed during raids on the war-torn country.

"Syrian air defences have repelled Israeli surveillance planes over Quneitra, forcing them to leave Syrian airspace," the official agency said.

On Saturday, the said it fended off an Israeli raid on a military base in the centre of the country, hitting more than one warplane.

That came after the said one of its fighter jets had crashed after it came under heavy fire from Syrian air defences during strikes against "Iranian targets" in the war-hit country.

has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Syrian armed forces and their allies since the civil war broke out in 2011.

with is the main military backer of the

has largely confined its operations to targeting Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant group that is a key ally of

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 02:35 IST