Syrian state media is reporting that “foreign bodies” have entered Syrian air space from Israel in the country’s south.
The late Saturday report on state news agency SANA comes a day after a similar incident that caused loud explosions in Damascus.
SANA said Syrian defenses were activated and dealt with the incoming “foreign bodies.” The use of the term indicates they may be unmanned drones.
SANA said “the foreign bodies” were coming from the southern region of Quneitra on the edge of the Israeli Golan Heights, also like the report Friday.
On Friday, SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Syrian air defenses discovered “hostile targets” from Israel, and shot down several “objects.”
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, reported three explosions southwest of Damascus. It added that it was not immediately clear if the explosions were caused by Israeli airstrikes or surface-to-surface missiles.
The Observatory’s chief, Rami Abdurrahman, told The Associated Press that Friday’s strikes targeted the area of Kiswa, which is home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Lebanon’s Hezbollah forces allied with Syria’s government.
Syria's air defence system intercepted projectiles from Israel on Friday, downing a number of them, state media SANA reported.
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Last month, SANA said an Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings.
Israeli military officials declined to comment on the report Friday, and does not usually comment on reports concerning its strikes in neighboring Syria, though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets there.
Iran is an ally of Damascus and has offered military advisers and sent militiamen and material support to help President Bashar Assad’s government forces in the eight-year civil war.
Israel considers Iran a national security threat and says it won’t tolerate Iran’s presence on its borders.