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Syria: We downed Israeli missiles

SYRIA claimed to have shot down “several” missiles when Israel destroyed an Iranian military weapons depot near Damascus airport.

However, Jerusalem stayed silent on the reports.

The depot is said to have contained newly-arrived arms for the Iranians or Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group.

“Our air defence systems thwarted an Israeli missile aggression on Damascus International Airport,” said Syrian state news agency SANA, citing a military source.

Witnesses at a trade fair in Damascus said they saw flares shooting up into the night sky during the attack.

A Hezbollah-linked Twitter account reported flights by Israeli reconnaissance drones in Lebanese airspace hours after the raid.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — a Britain-based war monitor — said Saturday’s strikes hit a weapons depot outside the airport.

“The missiles, suspected to be Israeli, destroyed an arms warehouse,” said observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

In Jerusalem, a military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports.

However, in mid-August the Israel Defence Forces announced that it has carried out more than 200 air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, and fired more than 800 missiles and mortar shells over the past year and a half.

Two weeks ago, the Syrian Human Rights Centre reported that Israel was behind an attack on a Damascus airbase and that people were injured and killed as a result.


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