Syria thwarts 'Israeli aggression' near Damascus airport

Lester Mason
September 16, 2018

"Our air defense systems thwarted an Israeli missile aggression", state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.

Syrian regime's air defences downed several missiles that Israel fired in an act of "aggression" near Damascus airport on Saturday, Syrian regime media said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said Saturday's strikes hit a weapons depot outside the airport.

Local sources reported the strike was aimed at Iranian military targets near the airport, and said at least four explosions were heard, adding there appeared to be an attack on an underground compound near the airport. Another video, released by by the Syrian news website Muraselon, supposedly shows an anti-aircraft missile being launched and then exploding mid-air.

In the shaky video, a small, bright explosion is seen in the night sky.

Earlier this month, an Israeli military official said the Jewish state has struck over 200 Iranian targets in Syria over the past 18 months.

It has also admitted to striking Syria to prevent what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to Lebanon's Hezbollah, an armed movement backed by Iran and which fights alongside Syrian troops.

Israel has vowed to prevent such a military presence, but officially remains mum on most of the military's efforts to do so.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports, according to Reuters.

In addition, Jerusalem has tried to get the Islamic Republic out of Syria through diplomatic means by appealing to the two main power-brokers in the region: Russian Federation and the United States.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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