Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus

Syria intercepts Israeli missiles fired toward Damascus

Syria intercepts Israeli missiles fired toward Damascus

The attack which took place at 11:15 p.m.(2115 GMT), was the second in less than three weeks.

The official news agency SANA reported that Syrian air defense batteries opened fire on "hostile Israel missiles" and intercepted "most" of them.

Syrian state media reported late on Friday that Syrian air defences responded to Israeli missiles and shot them down over Damascus, as a group monitor said the strikes hit near the Syrian capital's airport.

Another official told SANA traffic at the airport had not been disrupted.

"Only a ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus global airport was hit", SANA cited the military source as saying. Reports from Syrian state media say that the attacks centered on a warehouse outside of the airport.

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In September 2018, Russian Federation equipped the Syrian forces with the S-300 air defense missile system, but local reports said the advanced system hasn't been used yet. That followed the September 17 downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions.

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

This was the first Israeli attack on Syria since Christmas Day, when an errant Syrian anti-aircraft missile landed in Israeli occupied territory, sparking a flurry of Israeli attacks.

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

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