WATCH Syrian Army Repel Israeli Attack on Damascus

‘Israeli jets’ target Damascus airport warehouse, ‘most’ missiles intercepted – Syrian media

Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles towards Damascus, triggering Syrian air defence that shot down a lot of them, according to state media reports.

It claimed that Syrian air defences have foiled and countered "hostile objects" over Damascus on Friday night.

The source said Syrian defences intercepted most of the "enemy targets" and that only a warehouse at Damascus International airport was hit, according to SANA.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions.

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

At the time, Syrian air defence systems also managed to intercept most of the missiles which SANA reported were launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese air space.

Iranian and Iran-backed groups including Lebanon's Hezbollah have deployed into Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government during the war.

"At 11:15, Israeli fighter jets fired several missiles towards the area of Damascus, and instantly, our air defences confronted the missiles and downed majority", the source told SANA.

Commentators suggested the attacks have targeted a Hezbollah-linked facility in Al Kisweh.

Lebanon's acting Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos confirmed Russia's account, saying the two airplanes in Lebanese airspace "narrowly" escaped Israeli warplanes, averting a "human catastrophe".

The number of airstrikes in Syria attributed to Israel has dropped in recent months, after a Russian military plane was downed by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli attack on Latakia, killing all 15 servicemen aboard.

The airstrike comes after Israeli warplanes conducted a similar attack against Syria on 25 December, destroying an ammunition depot near the capital Damascus.

An Israeli official said it was Syrian air defenses that endangered the civilian planes, by firing 30 missiles in response to the airstrike.

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