Syrian State Media: Israeli Warplanes Attacked Warehouse at Damascus Airport

'The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,' a Syrian military source told the SANA news agency

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An airstrike in Syria, 2022
An airstrike in Syria, 2022Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP
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The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defences that shot most of them down. 

"The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport," the SANA news agency cited a military source as saying. The attack took place at 11:15 P.M., it said, adding that the jets attacked from the Galilee in northern Israel. It caused damage but no casualties, the report said.

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defences firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky. Explosions were heard in one of the videos. 

According to SANA, "eight enemy targets spotted in the skies of Damascus exploded." The agency also quoted a source from Syria's Transportation Ministry as saying that business in airport would carry on as usual.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said the attack was broader than usual, targeting areas ranging from the eastern Damascus suburb of Dmeir to Kiswa south of capital all the way to the village of Dimas in the west near the Lebanon border.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes targeted an area near the airport while others hit the area of Kiswa, which is home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Hezbollah forces allied with Syria's government.

There was no immediate word from Israel, which rarely comments on such attacks. Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes in Syria that have mainly targeted Iranian and Hezbollah forces.

Last month, an Israeli official confirmed that Israel had conducted airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria. On Christmas day, Israeli aircraft flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers. Russia alleged that those strikes "directly endangered" two civilian flights.

Israeli drones and warplanes were heard flying Friday afternoon over Lebanon.

Although Russia and Israel established a system to avoid friction between Israeli aircraft operating in Syria and Russian military planes in the area,  a Russian aircraft was downed by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles during an Israeli airstrike in September.

The Russians blamed Israel for the mishaps, a claim that Israel vigorously denied. Russia announced it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria in October following the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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