'Syrian Air Defenses Confront Hostile Target West of Damascus'

State news agency SANA reports of 'air defenses confronting a hostile target breaching the skies above the area of Deir al-Asha'ir in the Damascus countryside'

Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018.
REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

Syrian state media said early on Saturday that air defences had confronted a "hostile target" breaching Syrian air space west of the capital Damascus. 

State news agency SANA, quoting its correspondent, said there were reports of "air defences confronting a hostile target breaching the skies above the area of Deir al-Asha'ir in the Damascus countryside." The report did not state whether the target was destroyed.

SANA suggested Israel was to blame for the incursions. "In the past few weeks, the Israeli enemy has attacked military positions," it said.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli military said it did not comment on foreign reports.  

A similar incident occurred August 3, when Syrian state media sreported that air defences had destroyed a “hostile target” west of the capital Damascus.

“Our air defences confronted a hostile target and destroyed it west of Damascus,” the state news agency SANA said, quoting a military source.

Last week, A senior Syrian chemical weapons development scientist was killed when his car exploded in the city of Masyaf in northwestern Syria. 

A local rebel group claimed the assassination of Dr. Aziz Asber, but media outlets affiliated with Hezbollah and the Bashar Assad regime blamed Israel for the bombing.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported Israeli Mossad was behind the killing, according to a Middle East intelligence agency official. 

It was reported Thursday that the Syrian flag is again fluttering on the ground zero, a triangle of Syrian territory slicing between Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights with the Syrian army taking full control of the Yarmouk Basin in southwestern Syria after routing Islamic State militants.

This triangle is located in the far western countryside of Syria's southern province of Daraa, the birthplace of the Syrian war, which was recently recaptured by the Syrian army.