Israel Intercepts Syria Rocket after Air Raid

Blasts in the south of Damascus

Explosion Heard in Syrian Capital Damascus- Reports Sputnik BASEL SHARTOUH

IDF forces attacked targets of the Iranian Qud Force in Syria late Sunday night, according to the IDF Spokesperson Unit. However, those attacks typically take place under the cover of darkness. The Iron Dome successfully intercepted the projectile.

With Russian and Iranian help, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military has beaten back rebels and the Islamic State group to restore control over most of the country.

Residents in Israel's north reported missiles fired at the Hermon ski slopes. Mahan Air has been identified by defense officials as one of the cargo carriers suspected of ferrying war materiel from Iran to Syria.

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Syrian air defences have shot down "hostile targets", according to state news agency SANA. It gave no further details.

Israel has also issued a statement warning Syrian armed forces not to try to harm Israeli territory or forces. At 1:30 p.m. the flight turned around and headed away from the city.

A "huge explosion" near a military intelligence office in Damascus Sunday left a number of dead and wounded, a war monitor said, after state TV said early reports suggested a "terrorist act". These kinds of flights have been seen as suspicious over the a year ago amid allegations that Iran delivers weapons to Syria and Hezbollah using different airlines as cover. Tel Aviv, Tehran's long-time regional opponent, has repeatedly expressed security concerns over an alleged Iranian military presence next to its borders in Syria.

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"This policy does not change when I'm in Israel, and it does not change when I am in Chad", he added.

During the strike an Iranian passenger plane, heading to Damascus, was forced to return to Tehran. Syria is therefore on high alert for any potential airstrikes.

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