Israeli missiles target Damascus airport
DAMASCUS: An Israeli missile attack targeted the Syrian capital’s airport, activating air defences which shot down a number of the projectiles, state news agency SANA reported.
“Our air defences responded to an Israeli missile attack on Damascus international airport and shot down a number of hostile missiles,” a military source said, quoted by SANA.
The agency, without giving any information on casualties or dam age, posted footage and images of the air defences being activated.
In a shaky video, a small, bright explosion is seen in the night sky, with city lights in the distance.
AFP’s correspondent in Damascus heard a loud blast late on Saturday, followed by several smaller explosions.
The Israeli military declined to comment on the incident.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britainbased war monitor, said Saturday’s strikes hit a weapons depot outside the airport.
“The missiles, suspected to be Israeli, destroyed an arms warehouse near the Damascus international airport,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
He had no immediate information on casualties.
Israel has vowed to prevent its archfoe Iran, which is a main backer of Syria’s government, from gaining a foothold in neighbouring wartorn Syria.
Defensive manoeuvres: Syrian air defence batteries responding to Israeli missiles targeting Damascus international airport.