Syria says Israel fired missiles towards Damascus, hit airport warehouse

Lamar Ellis
January 12, 2019

Syrian air defence batteries opened fire on "missiles" near Damascus, Syria's state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

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

Many of them have been in the area south of Damascus.

"The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport", the Arab country's SANA news agency reported, quoting an unnamed military source as saying.

Most of the missiles fired by "Israeli military planes" were intercepted at around 11:00 pm (2100 GMT), the source said.

Just half an hour before midnight, sounds of explosions were heard in Damascus, especially in the western part of the city.

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SANA reported that "over eight targets" exploded over the capital of Damascus, saying Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the Israeli missiles.

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

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

"Israeli warplanes coming from the direction of the Galilee fired several missiles towards the vicinity of Damascus". He said the targets were primarily storage and logistics facilities used by Iran to ship weapons to Hezbollah. 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.

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

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

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