Syrian army targets Israeli jet over Homs

Press TV – The Syrian army has targeted an Israeli jet with a surface-to-air missile over the country’s Homs province.  

A Syrian army commander was quoted by Reuters as saying on Wednesday night that the Israeli jet was targeted after it bombed a copper factory located to the south of the central province of Homs.

However, Israel’s Channel 10 claimed that the aircraft returned unscathed to its base after bombing the factory in the industrial town of Hisya, 35 km (21 miles) south of Homs and 112 km (70 miles) north of the capital Damascus.

The Syrian commander did not say whether the Israeli strike had caused any casualties.

During the past few years, Israel has frequently attacked military targets in Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.

Back in April 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime’s military had conducted strikes in Syrian territory.

Damascus says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups operating inside the Arab country, while the Tel Aviv regime’s military carries out such sporadic strikes against Syrian government forces. The Israeli regime has even set up field hospitals to treat wounded militants evacuated from Syria.