Syrian air defenses down several Israeli missiles over Damascus

Syrian missile defenses responded to an attack by Israeli warplanes, intercepting several missiles over Damascus launched from Lebanese airspace, Syria’s SANA news agency reported.

A video found online purportedly showed the Syrian missile shield being activated to shoot down missiles, reportedly fired by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from Lebanese airspace.

There have been unconfirmed reports that at least three military sites outside Damascus came under fire as result of the attack, which took place early Monday morning local time.

Numerous explosions were reported to have rocked the city, and it is so far unclear if any damage has been inflicted.

Blasts were also heard near the Damascus airport, although it is unclear if the airport itself was targeted.

Israel routinely bombs Syrian territory on the pretext of targeting Iranian positions, with Damascus condemning the incursions as blatant violations of its territorial integrity.

The IDF does not typically comment on its extraterritorial bombing raids.

While Tel Aviv rarely acknowledges its airstrikes, last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bragged about the Jewish state carrying out “hundreds” of operations in Syria to prevent Tehran from gaining a foothold in the war-ravaged country, although Iranian military advisers are there at the invitation of Damascus.

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