Syria Reports Israeli Strikes Near Damascus

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Missiles flying into the sky near international airport, in Damascus, Syria in 2019
Missiles flying into the sky near international airport, in Damascus, Syria in 2019Credit: SANA / AP

Syrian air defenses responded Tuesday to an "Israeli aggression" in the country's south, state media reported.

According to SANA, Syrian air defense systems downed a number of missiles in the skies of Damascus.

The explosions heard in the vicinity of Damascus were the sounds of air defenses responding in the southern region, state TV said.

A Syrian military statement said that Israel launched an attack on targets in the vicinity of Damascus on Tuesday but air defenses managed to shoot down a number of missiles.

"At exactly 10:35 P.M. today, the Israeli enemy carried out an aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan against some targets in the vicinity of Damascus. Our air defenses intercepted the aggression's missiles and downed most of them. Losses were limited to materials," the Syrian defense ministry said on Twitter.

An IDF spokesperson did not comment, saying they don't respond to foreign reports.

These alleged strikes were the first attacks since February 28, when Israeli missiles struck southern suburbs of Damascus.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel views Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier as a red line, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group.

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