Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus

Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus

The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defenses that shot down majority.

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

The source said Syrian defences intercepted most of the "enemy targets" and that only a warehouse at Damascus International airport was hit, according to SANA.

"Only a ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus global airport was hit", SANA cited the military source as saying.

A military source told the news agency that "at 11:15 p.m".

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions late on Friday, the global news agency said.

These were near the airport and around the Kisweh area south of Damascus, the observatory said. It also said Israeli fighter jets were also operating in Lebanese airspace.

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

Commentators suggested the attacks have targeted a Hezbollah-linked facility in Al Kisweh. Russia's Ministry of Defense, which did not specify which flights had been threatened, added that Syrian air defenses had destroyed 14 of 16 Israeli missiles launched by six F-16 jets against unspecified targets near Damascus.

Israeli drones and warplanes were heard flying Friday afternoon over Lebanon.

In September a Russian military plane was accidentally shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire that was attempting to block Israeli missiles.

According to AlHadath TV channel, airstrikes at Syria are delivered by Israeli Air Force.

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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