Syrian state media announced that the country's "air defences... confronted an Israeli aerial attack [that] targeted the southern region"; Russian's defence ministry asserted that seven missiles had been shot down and that they were targeting Damascus' airport. The Israeli military subsequently announced that "a rocket was fired at the northern Golan Heights and was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System". "We have a permanent policy: to strike at the Iranian entrenchment in Syria and hurt whoever tries to hurt us", asserted Prime Minister Netanyahu. Shortly thereafter, the IDF confirmed that it had "started striking Iranian Qods [force] targets in Syria territory", hitting several purported Iranian sites as well as Syrian air defences.
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