Syria Says It Intercepted Israeli Missile Attack Over Homs

According to Syrian state media, Israeli jets fired several missiles from the Lebanese airspace

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A Sana screenshot of the reported interception, March 31, 2019.
A Sana screenshot of the reported interception, March 31, 2019.Credit: Sana

Syrian air defenses have intercepted an Israeli missile attack over the western province of Homs, state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday.

State television said the air defense system had downed "hostile targets," later adding that they were fired by Israeli jets that were in Lebanon's airspace, over Beirut.

A video of the reported interception

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Residents of the Lebanese capital Beirut heard the sound of warplanes in the air shortly before the airstrikes were reported.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

Last week, Syrian air defense said it intercepted a drone in the vicinity of the Hmeimim air base near Jableh.

Last month, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car in southern Syria, killing one person. Opposition activists said at the time that the man targeted was an anti-Israel operative. The Israeli army said that the strike was a response to sniper fire

In recent years, Israel has repeatedly carried out airstrikes in Syria against targets belonging to Iran and its regional proxies.

One airstrike in February killed two members of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which is backed by Iran.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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