Syria intercepts Israeli missiles fired toward Damascus

Syrian air defense systems intercept Israeli missiles in the skies near Damascus late

Syrian air defense systems intercept Israeli missiles in the skies near Damascus late

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

Most of the missiles fired by "Israeli military planes" were intercepted at around 11:00 pm (2100 GMT), the source said.

SANA further quoted an unnamed Ministry of Transport official as saying that the Damascus International Airport traffic was normal and that it was not affected by the Israeli aggression. It claimed that Syrian air defences have foiled and countered "hostile objects" over Damascus on Friday night.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions late on Friday, the global news agency said.

Many of them have been in the area south of Damascus.

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The outgoing IDF chief of staff has acknowledged that Israel has been bombing Syria on a "near-daily" basis for years, in a massive military campaign allegedly aimed at degrading Tehran's supposed military buildup in the region.

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, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

In an earlier report, SANA had spoken of Syrian air-defense batteries attacking "enemy targets".

The last Israeli attack reported by the state media was on December 25, when a missile attack wounded three Syrian soldiers.

Israel has not responded to the allegations it was involved in that incident, but previous Israeli air strikes inside Syrian territory have drawn criticism and recently caused tensions with Russian Federation, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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