Syria reports Israeli missile strike in Damascus

Syrian TV says air defense systems activated in the southern part of the capital against hostile targets, claiming most of the missiles intercepted; Iran backed militias present in targeted areas

Liad Osmo|
Israel fired several missiles toward the southern part of Syria's capital Damascus early Tuesday, causing material damage but no casualties, state media reported.
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  • The state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli jets fired several missiles while flying over Syrian airspace. It added that air defense systems were activated in the capital against "hostile targets" and most of the Israeli missiles were shot down.
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    archive of alleged Israeli attack in Syria
    The last time Syria reported an Israeli attack was two weeks ago, when three people were killed near Damascus in a surface-to-surface missile attack, but the media did not say if they were soldiers.
    As a result of the attack, a fire broke out and at least two flights were postponed. The targeted locations were Jamraya and Al-Kiswah - areas that were repeatedly attacked over the past few years, areas where pro-Iranian militias were located.
    The Syrian army's announcement stated then that "the Israeli enemy carried out an attack using surface-to-surface missile barrage from the captured Syrian Golan region, on several targets in southern Damascus. Air defense systems were activated and intercepted most of the missiles."
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    Archive picture shows Syrian air defenses activated during strike attributed to Israel

    Israel has been mounting attacks on its northern neighbor for several years, mainly on what it has described as Iranian-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, have built up a presence since deploying to help President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war which broke out in 2011.
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