Syr­ian air de­fence in­ter­cepts Is­raeli mis­siles near Da­m­as­cus

Is­rael has con­ducted 200 air raids against Syria

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Syria’s mil­i­tary forces an­nounced on Fri­day that Is­raeli air­crafts have launched a bunch of mis­siles to­ward the Syr­ian cap­i­tal city Da­m­as­cus, and that Syr­ian air de­fence forces have in­ter­cepted a num­ber of them.

“The re­sults of the ag­gres­sion so far were lim­ited to a strike on one of the ware­houses at Da­m­as­cus air­port,” ac­cord­ing to the Syr­ian News Agency SANA, cit­ing a mil­i­tary source. It added that the at­tack took place at 11:15 pm.

SANA broad­cast footage of the in­ter­cep­tion of the Is­raeli mis­siles by the Syr­ian air de­fence. The footage shows the fir­ing process and ex­plo­sions could be heard from the video.

The last Is­raeli raid against Syria was late in De­cem­ber 2018, and the at­tack re­sulted in wound­ing three Syr­ian sol­diers.

The UK-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said that the strikes hit three tar­gets in the western and south­ern ru­ral ar­eas close to Da­m­as­cus.The tar­gets are used as stocks for the Le­banese armed mili­tia Hezbol­lah and the Ira­nian forces, ac­cord­ing to the ob­ser­va­tory.

Is­rael jus­ti­fies its ag­gres­sive ac­tions by coun­ter­ing the Ira­nian in­flu­ence in the re­gion and tar­get­ing the Ira­nian mil­i­tary bases. It has con­ducted 200 air raids against Syria.

More­over, the US mil­i­tary forces started with­draw­ing some equip­ment but not yet troops from Syria fol­low­ing US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump state­ment about with­draw­ing US forces from Syria af­ter years of the bat­tle against the Is­lamic State (IS) group.

Ac­cord­ing to US me­dia, two mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said that he num­ber of US troops “might ac­tu­ally in­crease slightly in Syria, to help pro­tect the fi­nal process of pulling out — an op­er­a­tion that is still ex­pected to take at least four to six months to com­plete.”

In De­cem­ber, Trump an­nounced the with­drawal of US troops from Syria in a sur­prise for the US’s al­lies in the in­ter­na­tional al­liance against the IS.The num­ber of US troops in Syria is about 2,000 who are mostly army sol­diers and marines.

The US troops in Syria are lo­cated in north­east Syria and in the Mid­dle Euphrates River Val­ley ,aim­ing to elim­i­nate the re­main­ing pock­ets of IS fight­ers and se­cure newly-lib­er­ated ar­eas from their re­turn.

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