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Syrian TV: Damascus targeted 'from direction of' Israel

State television quotes military source as saying that air defenses detected objects coming from direction of 'occupied territory' and brought down several; monitoring group says at least five blasts heard in capital

Several explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday night as the country's air defenses opened fire on "objects" coming from the direction of the Israeli Golan Heights, state media reported.

 

 

State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Syrian air defenses discovered "hostile targets" coming from the direction of the Quenitra region on the edge of the Israeli Golan Heights.

 

Explosions in the skies over Damascus
Explosions in the skies over Damascus

 

The news agency said Syrian air defenses shot down several "objects."

 

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, reported three explosions southwest of Damascus. It added that it was not immediately clear if the explosions were caused by Israeli airstrikes or surface-to-surface missiles.

 

 

The Observatory's chief, Rami Abdurrahman, told The Associated Press that the strikes targeted the area of Kiswa, which is home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Lebanon's Hezbollah forces allied with Syria's government.

 

Last month, SANA said an Israeli airstrike on a military position in central Syria wounded six soldiers and destroyed several buildings.

 

Israeli military officials declined to comment on the report Friday, but Israel recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets in Syria.

 

Iran is an ally of Damascus and has offered military advisers and sent militiamen and material support to help President Bashar Assad's government forces in the eight-year civil war.

 

Israel considers Iran a national security threat and says it won't tolerate Iran's presence on its borders.

 

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 05.17.19, 23:10
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