Israel air defense activated as Damascus claims to down 'enemy targets'

Israel air defense activated as Damascus claims to down 'enemy targets'

Kerry Wise
December 26, 2018

Pictures shared on social media showed an air defense missile being fired near Hadera, a city some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the Syrian border where residents had earlier reported hearing a loud explosion.

"Missiles fired from Israeli planes targeted. arms depots southwest and south of Damascus that belong to Hezbollah or Iranian forces", said Rami Abdel Rahman.

Meanwhile, Times of Israel reported that Lebanese media claimed Israeli Air Force planes had flown over southern Lebanon.

SANA said "a number of enemy targets were downed" by the air defences.

The Israeli attack was carried out from inside the Lebanese airspace, said the state TV, adding that the air defenses have intercepted a number of missiles, some of which were intercepted while over Lebanon.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor also reported "an Israeli raid".

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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 aggression is still ongoing", said a presenter on state TV, which interrupted its programs to air patriotic songs.

The IDF later tweeted that its air defence systems were "activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria".

A US Defense Department source told Newsweek that the Israel Air Force air strike last night took place minutes after several Hezbollah leaders had boarded a plane bound for Iran.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports.

Tuesday's attack is the first since a missile assault on the southern outskirts of Damascus on November 29.

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