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SANA: Syrian air defense batteries opened fire on hostile Israel missiles near Damascus

Saturday 12/January/2019 - 09:43 AM
Sada El Balad
Edited by: Rabea Yehia





Syrian air defense batteries opened fire on hostile Israel missiles near Damascus Friday night، the official news agency SANA reported.

A military source told the news agency that “at 11:15 p.m. Israeli warplanes coming from the direction of the Galilee fired several missiles towards the vicinity of Damascus."

The source said that air defenses intercepted “most” of the missiles and said a “ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus international airport” was hit. Another official told SANA traffic at the airport had not been disrupted.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions.

“Two areas hosting military positions of Iranian forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement have been targeted،” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

These were near the airport and around the Kisweh area south of Damascus، the observatory said.

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

The Times of Israel noted that Israeli officials made no statement on Friday’s reports، but seldom comment on alleged strikes.

Israel in recent years has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran، which alongside its proxies and Russia is fighting on behalf of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad، The Times of Israel reported.

The last such reported airstrike occurred on Christmas Day. On that occasion an erroneous Syrian anti-aircraft missile flew into Israeli airspace، and was destroyed by Israeli air defenses

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