Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles targeting Damascus: army

Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles targeting Damascus: army

Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles targeting Damascus: army

The Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the missiles launched by Israeli warplanes on areas near the capital Damascus on Friday night, the Syrian army said.

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defenses firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky.

"The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport", the Arab country's SANA news agency reported, quoting an unnamed military source as saying.

In a message to the UN Secretary-General, the Foreign Ministry said, in particular, that the Israeli airstrike would not have taken place if it was not for what it described as "unlimited" United States support for Israel.

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An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions.

In an earlier report, SANA had spoken of Syrian air-defence batteries attacking "enemy targets".

The strikes are suspected to have been carried out by Israel and targeted the area surrounding Damascus airport and Al Kisweh region where Iran has heavily deployed proxies and military sites in the past, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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The last Israeli attack reported by Syrian state media was on 25 December, when a missile attack wounded three Syrian soldiers.

In September, a Russian transport aircraft was accidentally downed by Syrian ground batteries in a friendly-fire incident that Moscow blamed on Israel.

An Israeli official said it was Syrian air defenses that endangered the civilian planes, by firing 30 missiles in response to the airstrike.

The Israeli attack, if confirmed, will be the latest in a string of missile strikes targeting the Syrian positions throughout the Syrian crisis since 2011, under the pretext that these positions belong to Iran-backed forces and allied Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters.

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