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Report: Syria Intercepts Israeli Missile Attack against Damascus

CAIRO – Syrian anti-aircraft defenses intercepted on Saturday several Israeli missiles aimed at Damascus International Airport, the official news agency SANA reported.

According to the state news service, several explosions were heard near the Syrian capital’s airport.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an NGO with observers on the ground, confirmed for its part that explosions were heard near the air terminal.

The NGO said the attack had probably targeted warehouses near the terminal where a newly arrived shipment of arms was stored.

Last Sept. 4, at least five missiles launched by Israeli aircraft were intercepted in the Wadi al-Uyun region in Hama province, north of the capital, according to SANA.

Syria has accused Israel on a number of occasions of carrying out attacks with missiles and warplanes on Syrian territory, but Israeli authorities tend not to confirm such military actions against the neighboring country.

Last May, however, Israel announced it had attacked dozens of targets in Syria, including command and control and logistics centers, warehouses and arms infrastructure, in order to deal with “Iran’s terrorist operations and its military expansion in Syria,” according to the army.

Israel has expressed its dissatisfaction with the presence of Iranian troops across the border that bolster the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as does the Lebanese group Hezbollah, another bitter enemy of Israel.

Early this month, a high officer of the Israeli army said his country attacked Syria some 200 times over the past year and a half, according to the daily Times of Israel, which did not mention the source’s name.

 

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