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Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus

12 January 2019

In that incident, Israeli aircraft flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers.

"The results of the assault were limited to the targeting of a warehouse at Damascus International Airport", the source added.

An unspecified number of the targets were hit, the agency reported, while the Syrian military source said the attack came from Israel. Syrian air defense systems were immediately activated to confront the "hostile targets", and managed to intercept "most" of the missiles, the source claimed.

These were near the airport and around the Kisweh area south of Damascus, the observatory said. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.

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

Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which has supported President Bashar Assad in the war that erupted in 2011.

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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".

Israel in recent years has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran, which alongside its proxies and Russian Federation is fighting on behalf of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

It is not yet clear whether the S-300s were among the air defense systems used in the Friday night counterattacks.

A senior Israeli official said in September Israel had carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years.

According to AlHadath TV channel, airstrikes at Syria are delivered by Israeli Air Force.

Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus