Syria says Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

Syrian air defenses have managed to destroy most of the missiles fired by Israeli warplanes toward the capital Damascus, Syrian state media say. The attack took place at 11:15 p.m. (2115 GMT), it said.

Al Arabiya quoted the Syrian state news agency SANA as stating that one of the airport warehouses was hit during the attack. Later, a Ministry of Transport source said that traffic at the airport had not been affected by the strikes.

The strikes were first reported a little before midnight in Damascus by the Syrian News Agency.

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defences firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions late on Friday, the global news agency said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights explained that Kiswa is "home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Hezbollah forces allied with Syria's government".

Many of them have been in the area south of Damascus.

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

In an earlier report, SANA had spoken of Syrian air defence batteries attacking "enemy targets".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed not to let Tehran - a supporter of President Assad - entrench itself militarily in the war-torn country.

"We struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit", Eisenkot stated, confessing to carrying out strikes on a "near-daily" basis.

Russian Federation is a main ally of Damascus, helping it to win back vast swathes of territory lost to rebels or militant groups since the civil war began in 2011.

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