Published: Sat, January 12, 2019

Syria: Israeli Missiles Strike Damascus Airport

Syria: Israeli Missiles Strike Damascus Airport

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

"The results of the assault were limited to the targeting of a warehouse at Damascus International Airport", the source added. The attack took place at 11:15 p.m. (2115 GMT), it said. "Israeli warplanes coming from the direction of the Galilee fired several missiles towards the vicinity of Damascus".

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions.

If confirmed, this would be the second round of Israeli strikes in Syria since U.S. announced its intent to withdraw on December 19.

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, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian air defense systems thus had to limit their response to avoid civilian casualties, so two of the sixteen Israeli-launched laser-guided bombs reportedly reached their targets, wounding three people.

An unspecified number of the targets were hit, the agency reported, while the Syrian military source said the attack came from Israel.

Russian Federation blamed the Israeli military for that incident - a charge rejected by Jerusalem - and has supplied Syria with the advanced S-300 air defense system. Syrian air defense systems were immediately activated to confront the "hostile targets", and managed to intercept "most" of the missiles, the source claimed.

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