Syria claims Israeli warplanes hit Damascus airport warehouse

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shut down majority. The attack took place at 11:15pm (21:15 GMT), it said.

The strikes were first reported a little before midnight in Damascus by the Syrian News Agency. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.

The TV channel noted that Syrian air defense systems continue repelling an enemy attack at Damascus.

The Jerusalem Post quotes "Syrian opposition" as saying that the Israeli Air Force attacked the bases of Iranian militias and Assad's forces southwest of Damascus.

The Israeli attack, if confirmed, will be the latest in a string of missile strikes targeting the Syrian positions throughout the Syrian crisis since 2011, under the pretext that these positions belong to Iran-backed forces and allied Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters.

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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.

These were near the airport and around the Kisweh area south of Damascus, the observatory said.

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.

Eisenkot told the New York Times: 'We struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit'.

Russian Federation is a main ally of Damascus, helping it to win back vast swathes of territory lost to rebels or militant groups since the civil war began in 2011.

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