Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Syrian Army repels Israeli air attack in Damascus

Syrian Army repels Israeli air attack in Damascus

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least two Israeli rockets hit the outskirts of the airport.

"The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport", SANA news agency cited a military source as saying.

Another official told SANA traffic at the airport had not been disrupted.

In September 2018, Russian Federation equipped the Syrian forces with the S-300 air defense missile system, but local reports said the advanced system hasn't been used yet.

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

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Shortly after 11PM, Syrian media began reporting that explosions were being heard throughout Damascus, along with simultaneous reports from Lebanon claiming there was an abundance of Israeli fighter jets operating in the region. The last time the IAF hit the same area was on December 25, 2018.

The Israeli warplanes flew from the Galilee Panhandle and fired several missiles on the vicinity of the capital Damascus, said an army statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel had at the weekend carried out an air strike on Iranian weapons in Syria, a rare public confirmation of such attacks. That followed the September 17 downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions.

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.

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