Syrian regime 'confronts' Israeli missiles near Damascus

Hugh Fox
December 27, 2018

Syrian regime's air defenses confronted late Tuesday "hostile targets" west of Damascus, the state-run news agency Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Israeli raids were targeting weapons storage areas of Iranian militias and Hezbollah positions in the countryside of Damascus.

After reports that an Israeli aircraft launched a missile attack on an arms depot near Damascus, Israeli media reported more information showing possible links to Iranian activities in Syria.

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No injuries or damage were reported, the IDF told CNN. Israel's air strike was conducted minutes after the leaders boarded a plane bound for Iran.

Syria confirmed that most of the missiles were intercepted before they could land.

Konashenkov said the Syrian military didn't fully engage its air defence assets to avoid accidentally hitting the passenger jets.

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Israel responded to a missile fired from Syrian territory after reportedly striking military targets in Damascus.

However, the Jerusalem Post cited air monitoring site Flightradar24.com in its report saying "two suspicious Iranian planes left Damascus on Tuesday night just prior" to the airstrikes.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes in the past that mainly targeted Iranian and Hezbollah forces fighting alongside the government in Syria.

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In messages sent out to the U.N. secretary-general and the president of the U.N. Security Council, the ministry said that the Israeli airstrike wouldn't have been launched if it wasn't for what it called "unlimited" USA support for Israel.

Screen capture from video showing the delivery of Russian S-300 air defense missiles to Syria.

Mahan Air has been targeted by US sanctions for delivering arms to Syria, which at least partly reach the Lebanese Hezbollah, designated as a terror group by the U.S.

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Following Mr Trump's announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would "continue to act against Iran's attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria, and to the extent necessary, we will even expand our actions there".

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