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Syrian air defense systems intercept ‘hostile targets’ near capital Damascus

Tue Dec 25, 2018 09:38PM [Updated: Tue Dec 25, 2018 09:49PM ]
source: https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/25/583962/Syrian-air-defense-systems-intercept-hostile-targets-near-capital-Damascus


Syrian air defense systems intercept hostile targets in the skies near the capital Damascus late on December 25, 2018.
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Syrian air defense systems have intercepted “hostile targets” near the capital Damascus, nearly a month after government forces shot down several missiles following an Israeli attack and foiled its goals despite the "intensity of the aggression."

Syria’s state-run al-Ikhbariyah Syria television news network that air defenses had intercepts the targets in the skies over the western outskirts of Damascus.

The report added that the projectiles had flown over the Lebanese territories, suggesting that they had would have been most likely launched from Israel.

A witness said the sound of loud explosions echoed through Damascus.

Lebanese media outlets reported that residents near the border with neighboring Syria said the sound of planes could be heard in the sky.

There are reports that the explosions took place around the Mezze Military Airport west of the capital and in the areas of Kesawa and Jimraya, which are located northwest of Damascus.


Syrian air defense systems intercept "hostile targets" in the skies near the capital Damascus late on December 25, 2018.
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The development came only two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria will not affect the Tel Aviv regime’s policy toward the war-torn country.

"The decision to withdraw 2,000 US troops from Syria will not change our consistent policy: We will continue to act against Iran's attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria, and to the extent necessary, we will even expand our actions there," Netanyahu said.

On November 30, Syrian air defenses were activated against several missiles, which were aimed at the city of al-Kiswah, located approximately 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus.

They "were able to foil its goals despite the intensity of the aggression," Syrian state media said at the time.

Israeli media claimed that Iranian military advisers as well as fighters from Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah were the main target in the attack.

Israeli officials argue that Iran’s presence in Syria, which is part of an advisory mission requested by the Damascus government, poses a threat to the Tel Aviv regime’s security.


PressTV-Syria downs ‘hostile targets' following Israeli attack
Syria has shot down "hostile targets" following an Israeli attack south of the capital Damascus and foiled its goals despite the "intensity of the aggression," a military source says.


The Israeli military, using this pretext, has pounded alleged positions of Iranian and Iran-backed forces across Syria over the course of the seven-year conflict.

The attacks are usually viewed as attempts to prop up foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorist groups that have been suffering defeats at the hands of Syrian government forces and allied fighters from popular defense groups.

Israel and the United States have even put pressure on Russia, another close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war against terrorist groups, to force Iran out of Syria.

In October, Russia equipped the Syrian army with the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles, days after Israeli fighter jets used a Russian surveillance aircraft flying nearby as a shield and misled the Syrian air defenses to shoot it down.

Since then Israel has been very careful with its operation over Syria.

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Syrian Air Defenses Intercept Missiles Near Damascus - Reports
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2018, 03:22:54 PM »
Syrian Air Defenses Intercept Missiles Near Damascus - Reports

23:05 25.12.2018(updated 03:01 26.12.2018)
source: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201812251070998372-syria-defence-intercept-missiles-near-damascus/


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Syrian air defences have intercepted several missiles over Damascus, local media reported.

Syrian air defenses have repelled a missile attack on Damascus, local media said. The projectiles were downed over the western suburbs of Damascus, Ikhbariya broadcaster reported. Meanwhile, a Sputnik correspondent reported several explosions that hit Syrian capital. The causes of explosions, however, remain unknown.

"Syria’s air defenses repelled an attack of several missiles in the sky over the western suburbs of Damascus," the Ikhbariya television said without naming specific locations.

The broadcaster later added that the airstrikes on Damascus surroundings were ongoing for an hour and a half.

Israeli Defense Forces press service reported that the Israeli air defenses have intercepted an anti-aircraft missile that had been launched from Syria.

Syrian SANA Agency later reported that Israeli Air Force launched missile attack on Damascus surroundings from Lebanese airspace and that most of the missiles were downed. The attack left three servicemen wounded and caused damage to an ammunition depot, the agency said.
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