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Syria says Israel fired missiles towards Damascus, hit airport warehouse

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Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2019, 12:57

Syrian air defense systems thus had to limit their response to avoid civilian casualties, so two of the sixteen Israeli-launched laser-guided bombs reportedly reached their targets, wounding three people.

Only a warehouse in the Damascus International Airport was damaged, according to the statement.

In November 2018, Syrian state media reported that the country's air defences shot down "hostile targets" flying over the town of Kisweh, just south of Damascus, and "were able to foil its goals" despite the "intensity of the aggression".

Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles towards Damascus, triggering Syrian air defence that shot down majority, according to state media reports.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions.

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Many of them have been in the area south of Damascus. It also said Israeli fighter jets were also operating in Lebanese airspace.

"At 11:15, Israeli fighter jets fired several missiles towards the area of Damascus, and instantly, our air defences confronted the missiles and downed majority", the source told SANA.

Commenting on the 25 December strike, the Syrian Foreign Ministry, in turn, accused Israel of exacerbating the ongoing war in Syria and hampering the government's efforts to fight terrorism. He said the targets were primarily storage and logistics facilities used by Iran to ship weapons to Hezbollah.

The number of airstrikes in Syria attributed to Israel has dropped in recent months, after a Russian military plane was downed by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli attack on Latakia, killing all 15 servicemen aboard.

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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