Syria says Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

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Syria says Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

An ammunition warehouse at the Damascus airport was reportedly hit, but a Syrian Transport Ministry official said to SANA airport activity continues as normal.

The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shut down majority.

In that incident, Israeli aircraft flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers.

According to AlHadath TV channel, airstrikes at Syria are delivered by Israeli Air Force.

In an earlier report, SANA had spoken of Syrian air-defense batteries attacking "enemy targets".

Just half an hour before midnight, sounds of explosions were heard in Damascus, especially in the western part of the city.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights explained that Kiswa is "home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Hezbollah forces allied with Syria's government".

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Syria on Saturday said Israel was able "get away with attacks against Syria" only because it is backed by the U.S., according to the Syrian foreign ministry.

The previous such reported airstrike occurred on Christmas Day.

According to the military source, the Syrian air defenses were "immediately" engaged overnight after a number of Israeli fighter jets came "from the direction of the Galilee (and) fired several missiles towards the vicinity of Damascus".

In September a Russian military plane was accidentally shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire that was attempting to block Israeli missiles.

Syrian Foreign Ministry said last month that the repeated Israeli attacks on Syria aim to prolong the more than seven-year war in the country.

It is not yet clear whether the S-300s were among the air defense systems used in the Friday night counterattacks.

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