Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus

Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus

Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, the Syrian state news agency said.

Most of the missiles fired by "Israeli military planes" were intercepted at around 11:00 pm (2100 GMT), the source said.

The state news agency also quoted a transport ministry source as saying that the airport was running normally.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions late on Friday, the worldwide news agency said.

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.

In an earlier report, SANA had spoken of Syrian air defence batteries attacking "enemy targets".

While the Syrian government repeatedly accuses the Jewish state of constantly violating its sovereignty and aiding the terrorists by their raids in the country's airspace, Eisenkot claimed the Israeli actions are justified - and that, anyway, neither Damascus nor Tehran can do anything about it.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes in Syria that have mainly targeted Iranian and Hezbollah forces.

'Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport, ' Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting today.

If confirmed, this would be the second round of Israeli strikes in Syria since U.S. announced its intent to withdraw on December 19.

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.