Syria Air Defenses reportedly intercept 'hostile targets' over western Damascus

Pictures shared on social media showed an air defense missile being fired near Hadera, a city some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the Syrian border where residents had earlier reported hearing a loud explosion.

The U-K-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also verifies that the missiles have been fired from Israeli planes.

Lebanese state-run National News Agency said Israeli war planes performed mock raids above southern Lebanon.

The official SANA news agency said "a number of enemy targets were downed" by the air defences.

SANA confirmed that the Israeli missiles damaged a munitions warehouse and injured three soldiers.

"Our air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by Israeli war planes from above the Lebanese territories and downed majority before reaching their targets", the military source said.


"It's an Israeli raid", said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads SOHR.

The reported attack near Damascus is the first since US President Donald Trump announced last week that the US would withdraw all of its 2,000 forces in Syria, a move that would leave control of the oil-rich eastern third of Syria up for grabs.

On November 30, Syrian air defenses were activated against several missiles, which were aimed at the city of al-Kiswah, located approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus.

"The aggression is still ongoing", said a presenter on state TV, which interrupted its programs to air patriotic songs.

The civilian company has been accused on multiple occasions of smuggling Iranian arms to Hezbollah, and media speculated that its cargo had been the target of the strikes.

In October, Russia equipped the Syrian army with the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles, days after Israeli fighter jets used a Russian surveillance aircraft flying nearby as a shield and misled the Syrian air defenses to shoot it down.


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