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Syria Says Israel Fired Missiles Toward Damascus, Hit Airport Warehouse

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7Dnews London

Sat, 12 Jan 2019 10:52 GMT

 Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles towards the Damascus area on Friday 11th January, triggering Syrian air defences that shot most of them down, according to both Reuters and the official Syrian news agency, SANA.

"The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport," the SANA news agency cited a military source as saying. The attack took place at 11:15 p.m (2115 GMT), it said. 

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defenses firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky. Explosions were heard in one of the videos. 

Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence being carved out by Iran, which has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011. The last Israeli attack reported by Syrian state media was on December 25th, when a missile attack wounded three Syrian soldiers.

A senior Israeli official said in September that Israel had carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years. .


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