Syrian air defenses intercept suspected Israeli missiles targeting Damascus

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-12 06:09:15|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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DAMASCUS, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian air defenses intercepted suspected Israeli missiles targeting the west of the capital Damascus on Friday night, state TV reported.

Just half an hour before midnight, sounds of explosions were heard in Damascus, especially in the western part of the city.

The sounds of explosions came with the response of the Syrian air defense, the state TV said, adding that the situation was similar to previous Israeli attacks on military sites in Syria.

Eyewitnesses also told Xinhua that the defense missiles were seen in the sky over the capital city.

The Israeli attack, if confirmed, will be the latest in a string of missile strikes targeting the Syrian positions throughout the Syrian crisis since 2011, under the pretext that these positions belong to Iran-backed forces and allied Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters.

The last such missile attack was carried out on Dec. 25, 2018, during which the Israeli warplanes fired missiles on Syrian military depots in the western countryside of Damascus from inside the Lebanese airspace.

In September 2018, Russia equipped the Syrian forces with the S-300 air defense missile system, but local reports said the advanced system hasn't been used yet.

Syrian Foreign Ministry said last month that the repeated Israeli attacks on Syria aim to prolong the more than seven-year war in the country.