The Syrian military announced on 9 January that it had prevented three Israeli attempts to attack targets in the Al-Qutayfah area northeast of Damascus earlier that day.
In a statement reported by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the military’s General Command said Israeli aircraft launched several missiles over Lebanese airspace towards Al-Qutayfah at 0240 h local time (0040 GMT). It claimed the missiles were intercepted and one Israeli aircraft was hit by Syrian air defences.
A second attack using ground-to-ground missiles launched from the Golan Heights at 0304 h local time was also thwarted by Syrian air defences, it said.
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