Syrian air defenses confront “hostile targets” near Damascus
Damascus (dpa) – Syrian air defences confronted “hostile targets” which breached the country’s air space near the capital Damascus, state media reported late Thursday.
The official news agency (SANA) citing a military source said “at 23.45 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th, 2020, the army observed hostile missiles coming from over the occupied Syrian Golan, and immediately the army air defences intercepted and downed a number of them before they reach their targets.”
The agency did not give further details.
The missiles, which were fired by Israel, targeted areas in the south-western countryside of Damascus, a Syrian military source told dpa.
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Residents in the area said that sounds of explosions were also heard south of the capital and in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport.
The Israeli air force has conducted similar strikes previously against targets in Syria, saying that it is trying to prevent Iran from building up its military influence in the region.
Earlier this month, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor which have been documenting violence in Syria since 2011, said at least 23 members of Syria’s government forces and their Iranian allies were killed when Israeli air strikes targeted areas near Damascus.
Iran is a main supporter of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
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