Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

Syria: Israel launched missile attack on Damascus airport

Syria: Israel launched missile attack on Damascus airport

According to the Al-Mayadeen TV channel, several blasts were heard in the vicinity of the airport.

Sana quoted the source as saying that Syrian air defences had managed to shoot down a number of the incoming missiles.

The strike attributed to Israel also reportedly targeted several weapons storage rooms at the airport.

The state news agency SANA posted pictures showing what appeared to be air defenses firing into the air. Efforts were made to disguise the true goal of the buildings, the report said, with some of the warehouses labeled "United Nations" or "DHL", the global mail company, in an apparent effort to evade Israeli intelligence-gathering efforts.

Israel attacked Damascus International Airport with missiles Saturday night, Syrian state media said, adding that air defenses shot down some of them. The agency gave no immediate report of casualties or damage.

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. A war monitoring group said the attack targeted an arms depot for Iranian forces or Lebanon's Hezbollah group.

Israel has become increasingly involved in the war in Syria with attacks on the country's military and civilian infrastructures over the past few months. Israel says it is alarmed by the expansion of operations by Iran and Hezbollah in Syria.

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