Is­raeli mis­siles tar­get Da­m­as­cus air­port

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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.

— AFP

De­fen­sive ma­noeu­vres: Syr­ian air de­fence bat­ter­ies re­spond­ing to Is­raeli mis­siles tar­get­ing Da­m­as­cus in­ter­na­tional air­port.

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