Middle East

Israeli military fires near Damascus

Multiple missiles were fired from Israeli warplanes early on Saturday morning in the direction of Damascus causing the Syrian Air Defense to launch projectiles to intercept the weaponry. 

Seven missiles were fired towards a target in the countryside south of Damascus at around 1:00 a.m. local time, with four intercepted by Syrian defense forces and three hitting targets, according to reports.

The target was an ammunition depot of the Syrian Army located between Kesweh and Sahnaya towns some 13 kilometres from the capital, reported Arab agency Al-Masdar News.

Yet other sources have reported the target as an Iranian military base in the area of Kesweh, with local I24News saying one missile reached the base.

The projectiles were reportedly launched from Lebanese airspace.


Video of missile interception

Video purports to show Israeli missile being intercepted by a Syrian projectile.


Israel has launched missiles into Syria in the past, usually targeting the Hezbollah militant group or in retaliation to missiles that occasionally cross into the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights in the country’s north.

Recently, Israel struck a factory in the eastern Syrian province of Homs, causing the Syrian government to call for condemnation of Tel Aviv at the United Nations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had made clear he considers Iran a threat, and believes Tehran is “using Syria as a base from which to destroy Israel.”


More details to follow. Image 1 of Israeli military jets from Medium. 

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