Syria Says Israel Hit Airport Warehouse Near Damascus

13 January, 2019, 06:14 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Syrian state media reported late on Friday that Syrian air defences responded to Israeli missiles and shot them down over Damascus, as a group monitor said the strikes hit near the Syrian capital's airport.

The official said Israeli aircraft coming from the south fired several missiles at areas near Damascus around 11:15 PM.

In September 2018, Russian Federation equipped the Syrian forces with the S-300 air defense missile system, but local reports said the advanced system hasn't been used yet.

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.

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

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the attack targeted missile depots that belong to Hezbollah in the Al-Kiswah area as well as the Damascus airport.

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The Israeli jets reportedly crossed over to Syria through Lebanese airspace after having heavily roamed over Lebanon on Thursday.

Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011.

Incidentally, this was the first Israeli airstrike on the Damascus area in 2019.

The Jerusalem Post quotes "Syrian opposition" as saying that the Israeli Air Force attacked the bases of Iranian militias and Assad's forces southwest of Damascus. He said the targets were primarily storage and logistics facilities used by Iran to ship weapons to Hezbollah.

Israeli drones and warplanes were heard flying Friday afternoon over Lebanon. Syria's air defense systems have opened fire at air targets over western districts of Damascus, a government-run TV channel reported on Saturday.

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