Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

SANA: Syrian air defenses shoot down several Israeli missiles

SANA: Syrian air defenses shoot down several Israeli missiles

"Our air defence systems thwarted an Israeli missile aggression on Damascus International Airport", Syrian state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.

Israel attacked Damascus International Airport with missiles Saturday night, Syrian state media said, adding that air defenses shot down some of them.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said Saturday's strikes hit a weapons depot outside the airport.

"The missiles, suspected to be Israeli, destroyed an arms warehouse near the Damascus worldwide airport", Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

AFP's correspondent in Damascus heard a loud blast, followed by several smaller explosions.


The Israeli military has declined to comment on the report but has in the past acknowledged carrying out scores of air strikes in the past, mainly against Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

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In May, Israel said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria, after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time in the most extensive military exchange ever between the two adversaries, Haaretz reported.

Israel has vowed to prevent such a military presence, but officially remains mum on most of the military's efforts to do so.

Israel rarely acknowledges attacks inside Syria, but has said it would use military action to prevent weapons transfers to its enemies.

In addition, Jerusalem has tried to get the Islamic Republic out of Syria through diplomatic means by appealing to the two main power-brokers in the region: Russian Federation and the United States. Israel says it is alarmed by the expansion of operations by Iran and Hezbollah in Syria.

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