Israel fires missiles towards Damascus airport: Syria state media

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Syria intercepts Israeli missiles fired toward Damascus

The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defenses that shot down a lot of them.

The source further said that the aggression occurred at 11:15 p.m. local time on Friday, adding, "Eight enemy targets spotted in the skies of Damascus exploded".

Al Arabiya quoted the Syrian state news agency SANA as stating that one of the airport warehouses was hit during the attack.

The state news agency also quoted a transport ministry source as saying that the airport was running normally. It claimed that Syrian air defences have foiled and countered "hostile objects" over Damascus on Friday night. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.

He said Syrian air defense units shot down most of the missiles, but gave no details on other sites targeted.

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"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.

It was the first airstrike on the Damascus area this year since Israeli warplanes struck areas near the capital at the end of December.

Israel has previously carried out several bombings in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed not to let Tehran - a supporter of President Assad - entrench itself militarily in the war-torn country.

Israel has not responded to the allegations it was involved in that incident, but previous Israeli air strikes inside Syrian territory have drawn criticism and recently caused tensions with Russian Federation, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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