Friday, 19 July, 2019

Syria says Israel fired missiles toward Damascus, hit airport warehouse

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Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2019, 14:58

The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defenses that shot down majority.

Al Arabiya quoted the Syrian state news agency SANA as stating that one of the airport warehouses was hit during the attack.

"At 11:15 before midnight Israeli warplanes coming from Al-Jalil area launched many missiles towards Damascus area and our air defenses intercepted them and downed majority", a Syrian military source told SANA.

The official said Israeli aircraft coming from the south fired several missiles at areas near Damascus around 11:15 PM.

"The results of the assault were limited to the targeting of a warehouse at Damascus International Airport", the source added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel has struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, including a weapons facility in a weekend airstrike, as the military announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant group for cross-border attacks.

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Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has been hospitalised after suffering a heart attack, the newspaper Israel Hayom reported, citing Lebanese journalist Jerry Mahar.

Netanyahu also said that the IAF has hit "hundreds" of targets belonging to Iran and its proxy Hezbollah in Syria.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions late on Friday, the worldwide news agency said.

An unspecified number of the targets were hit, the agency reported, while the Syrian military source said the attack came from Israel. In recent years, Hezbollah has been bogged down in fighting in Syria on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

In September a Russian military plane was accidentally shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire that was attempting to block Israeli missiles.

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