Syria Air Defenses reportedly intercept 'hostile targets' over western Damascus

Syrian air defense respond to suspected Israeli attack

SANA reported that Israeli warplanes had been flying low over parts of southern Lebanon and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said Israeli air strikes targeted three positions south of Damascus that are arms depots for Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and Iranian forces.

"An IDF aerial defence system activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria", the official Israeli army Twitter account later said.

US President Donald Trump's surprise announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria "will not change anything", the Israeli leader emphasized. No damage or injuries were reported.

Israel and Russian Federation have sought to avoid such occurrences since Moscow's military intervention in Syria on behalf of the Assad regime began in 2015.

Syrian military said a weapons depot in Damascus was hit by Israeli air strikes.

However, the Jerusalem Post cited air monitoring site in its report saying "two suspicious Iranian planes left Damascus on Tuesday night just prior" to the airstrikes.

Speculations that the Hezbollah delegation might have been targeted while on board of one of the Iranian planes was discounted by former director of Israeli Military Intelligence, Maj.

But Israeli raids in the country dropped significantly following a friendly fire incident in September which saw a Russian fighter jet shot down by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli strike on Latakia, killing all 15 servicemen aboard.

Israel is concerned Iran and Hezbollah could entrench themselves in Syria and threaten the country.

"They agreed that Lebanon will file an urgent complaint with the U.N. Security Council against Israel in order to reach a resolution that would protect Lebanon and its civilians", NNA said.

Israeli jets struck reportedly struck Hizbollah targets outside Damascus on Tuesday, reasserting Israeli airpower in Syria after several months of restraint following the accidental downing of a Russian military plane.

Israel has carried out numerous raids inside war-torn Syria since 2013, targeting regime forces and their allies Iran and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.



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