WATCH Syrian Air Defences Intercept Missiles Near Damascus
- Author: Jon Douglas Dec 26, 2018,
Dec 26, 2018, 14:54
The TV, quoting an unnamed military official, identified the warplanes as Israeli.
The civilian company has been accused on multiple occasions of smuggling Iranian arms to Hezbollah, and media speculated that its cargo had been the target of the strikes.
The Israeli attack is the latest in a string of missiles strikes targeting Syrian positions throughout the crisis over the pretext that they are targeting positions of Iranian-backed forces and allied Hezbollah fighters.
Regime media report air defence confronted "enemy targets" above the capital and downed most of the missiles before landing.
Israel responded to a missile fired from Syrian territory after reportedly striking military targets in Damascus.
The U-K-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also verifies that the missiles have been fired from Israeli planes.
An alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria Tuesday night hit several senior Hezbollah officials as they boarded a plane bound for Iran, Newsweek reported Wednesday morning, siting a Defense Department source.
The reported attack near Damascus is the first since US President Donald Trump announced last week that the US will withdraw all of its 2,000 forces in Syria, a move that will leave control of the oil-rich eastern third of Syria up for grabs.
"The decision to withdraw 2,000 United States troops from Syria will not change our consistent policy: We will continue to act against Iran's attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria, and to the extent necessary, we will even expand our actions there", Netanyahu said.
Russian Federation announced it had delivered the S-300 air defence system to Syria in October.