SANA: Syrian air defenses shoot down several Israeli missiles

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

Syrian government anti-aircraft defense systems were activated, with a number of anti-aircraft missiles launched in response to the attack, according to SANA.

Israel attacked Damascus International Airport with missiles Saturday night, Syrian state media said, adding that air defenses shot down some of them.

AFP's correspondent in Damascus heard a loud blast late Saturday, followed by several smaller explosions.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the incident.

"The missiles, suspected to be Israeli, destroyed an arms warehouse near the Damascus worldwide airport", Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement in the war. The monitoring group had no immediate word on casualties, saying the strike did cause material damage.

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Earlier this month, Israel's Defense Forces said it carried out more than 200 airstrikes in Syria over the previous year, many of which Israel claimed were targeting Iranian positions and weapons convoys.

The 202 targets hit in the Israeli airstrikes since 2017 were mostly shipments of advanced weaponry, as well as military bases and infrastructure, which the IDF officials said drove Iranian forces to abandon some posts.

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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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