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Syria says repels Israeli air attack, Israel says downs Golan rocket

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Syria is locked in a civil war that has killed more than 360,000 people

The airstrike on Damascus is said to have taken place after an Iranian plane had just landed in the Syrian capital and with a second on its way.

The Israeli military refused to comment on the reported strike.

A week and a half ago, Israel attacked Iranian munitions warehouses in the heart of Damascus.

According to Syrian opposition media, approximately 10 missiles were fired at targets near the airport and in al-Kiswah.

Local Syrian media said that the target of the strike was in the town of al-Kiswah, south of Damascus, said to have been hit in the past, as well. The military added that there was no damage done to the airport and no casualties on the ground.

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The location of the reported incident in the early hours of Monday was not immediately clear. But security officials instructed the ski resort management to maintain its routine, with thousands of skiers packing the facility.

For years, Israel has conducted airstrikes against Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, which it considers threats to national security.

During his historic visit to Chad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proudly suggested that Israel was responsible for the attack, saying that Israel's policies against its enemies are iron-clad. Israel and American defense officials have said these types of ostensibly civilian cargo planes are often used to transport advanced weaponry from Tehran to pro-Iranian militias, fighting in Syria, including the Hezbollah terror group.

Israel confirmed its air defenses had been activated in a military statement, reporting that the Iron Dome had intercepted a rocket fired at the northern Golan Heights, which lies on the border with Syria and Lebanon.

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