Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus


The Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the missiles launched by Israeli warplanes on areas near the capital Damascus on Friday night, the Syrian army said.

"Only a ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus global airport was hit", SANA cited the military source as saying.

In October, Moscow equipped Damascus with the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles, days after Israeli fighter jets attacked Syrian targets using a Russian surveillance plane flying nearby as a shield and hence misleading the Syrian air defenses to shoot it down.

SANA further quoted an unnamed Ministry of Transport official as saying that the Damascus International Airport traffic was normal and that it was not affected by the Israeli aggression.

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".

If confirmed, this would be the second round of Israeli strikes in Syria since United States announced its intent to withdraw on December 19.

Incidentally, this was the first Israeli airstrike on the Damascus area in 2019.

He also reportedly noted that the prime target of Israel was Iran, who has repeatedly insisted that its presence in Syria is limited to military advisors assisting Syrian forces in their fight against terrorism.

Despite the Lieutenant General's claim about a moral high ground in the battle against the perceived Iranian threat, the Israeli Air Force was caught in several reckless -and sometimes lethal- actions during their missions in Syria.

The last such missile attack was carried out on December 25, 2018, during which the Israeli warplanes fired missiles on Syrian military depots in the western countryside of Damascus from inside the Lebanese airspace.