Syria says air defences shoot down Israeli missiles

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"At 11:15, Israeli fighter jets fired several missiles towards the area of Damascus, and instantly, our air defences confronted the missiles and downed a lot of them", the source told SANA.

"The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport", the Arab country's SANA news agency reported, quoting an unnamed military source as saying.

Syrian air defenses intercepted missiles reportedly fired by Israeli fighter jets on Friday night, according to state news agency SANA, causing damage but no casualties. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.

Israel in recent years has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran, which alongside its proxies and Russian Federation is fighting on behalf of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"Two areas hosting military positions of Iranian forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement have been targeted", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

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The Jerusalem Post quotes "Syrian opposition" as saying that the Israeli Air Force attacked the bases of Iranian militias and Assad's forces southwest of Damascus.

The last Israeli attack reported by Syrian state media was on 25 December, when a missile attack wounded three Syrian soldiers. Syria's air defense systems have opened fire at air targets over western districts of Damascus, a government-run TV channel reported on Saturday.

An Israeli official said it was Syrian air defenses that endangered the civilian planes, by firing 30 missiles in response to the airstrike.

Israel has accused Iran of seeking to establish a military presence in Syria that could threaten Israeli security and attempting to transfer advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.

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