Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

‘Israeli jets’ target Damascus airport warehouse, ‘most’ missiles intercepted - Syrian media

‘Israeli jets’ target Damascus airport warehouse, ‘most’ missiles intercepted - Syrian media

Syrian air defense systems were immediately activated to confront the "hostile targets", and managed to intercept "most" of the missiles, the source claimed.

A Syrian military source said the target appears to have been a "ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus global airport".

Syria on Friday claimed that Israel has filed multiple missiles towards Damascus which triggered Syrian air defences that shot down a lot of them. Another official told SANA traffic at the airport had not been disrupted.

The last Israeli attack reported by Syrian state media was on December 25, when a missile attack wounded three Syrian soldiers. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.

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.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said the attack was broader than usual, targeting areas ranging from the eastern Damascus suburb of Dmeir to Al-Kiswah south of capital all the way to the village of Dimas in the west near the Lebanon border.

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Syria on Saturday said Israel was able "get away with attacks against Syria" only because it is backed by the United States, according to the Syrian foreign ministry.

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.

The previous such reported airstrike occurred on Christmas Day.

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

It is not yet clear whether the S-300s were among the air defense systems used in the Friday night counterattacks.

Syrian Foreign Ministry said last month that the repeated Israeli attacks on Syria aim to prolong the more than seven-year war in the country.

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