Israeli Missiles Target Iran Arms Depot Near Damascus Airport

Syrian air defense thwarted ‘Israeli missile attack’ near Damascus airport – state agency

Syrian air defense thwarted ‘Israeli missile attack’ near Damascus airport – state agency

"Our air defense systems thwarted an Israeli missile aggression", state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.

The agency, without giving any information on casualties or damage, posted footage and images of the air defences being activated.

Witnesses said they saw flares shooting up into the night sky.

Explosions during the attack were heard across Damascus.

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 is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country's war, fighting alongside the government.

Earlier this month, an Israeli military official said the Jewish state had struck over 200 Iranian targets in Syria over the past 18 months. Syria's conflict erupted in 2011 and has since killed more than 360,000 people, with millions more displaced internally and to neighbouring countries.

It held parliamentary elections in 2016 and a presidential vote in 2014 that renewed President Bashar al-Assad's rule for another seven years.

They were bolstered by almost three years of air strikes by their key ally Russian Federation and Iranian, Iraqi, Lebanese, and other foreign fighters on the ground. But Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov denied that Syrian troops were planning a major offensive for the area.

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