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Syrian air defense thwarted ‘Israeli missile attack’ near Damascus airport - state agency

Syrian air defense thwarted ‘Israeli missile attack’ near Damascus airport - state agency

In the shaky video, a small, bright explosion is seen in the night sky. Syrian government anti-aircraft defense systems were activated, with a number of anti-aircraft missiles launched in response to the attack, according to SANA.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reported incident, when approached by Reuters, saying "we don't comment on foreign reports".

An unnamed military source told Sana news agency on Saturday evening that the Syrian army had confronted an Israeli missile attack.

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

He had no immediate information on casualties.




Earlier this month, Israel's Defense Forces said it carried out more than 200 airstrikes in Syria over the a year ago, many of which Israel claimed were targeting Iranian positions and weapons convoys.

Israel has vowed to prevent its arch-foe Iran, which is a main backer of Syria's government, from gaining a foothold in neighboring war-torn Syria.

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.

Seven years since the last vote, the conflict has killed more than 360,000 people, forced millions more to flee, and left the economy in tatters.

The elections are being held at a time when Syrian army troops and allied fighters control some two-thirds of the country following the recent advances in southern areas and Damascus suburbs.


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