Syrian air defence fire on 'enemy targets' as Israeli fighters spotted

Syrian air defense respond to suspected Israeli attack

Syrian air defense respond to suspected Israeli attack

Syrian Air Defenses intercepted and downed most of the missiles, with damage limited to the depot, the agency reported.

Air defense missile is seen in the sky over the capital Damascus on December 15, 2018. There was no immediate word on casualties.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the Israeli aircraft launched missiles through the Lebanese airspace.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor also reported "an Israeli raid".

Syrian state media reported earlier in the evening the downing of several "hostile targets" near Damascus.

"Our air defences confronted hostile missiles launched by Israeli war planes from above the Lebanese territories and downed majority before reaching their targets", the military source said.

Experts say Israel is to be greatly affected by US President Donald Trump´s announcement of a withdrawal of American forces from Syria, as it would leave the area open to Iran and its partners to develop their military capacity.

Syrian air defense respond to suspected Israeli attack
Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles

Almost an hour after the attacks began, Damascus residents could still hear the air defense units firing toward targets in the air.

"The aggression is still ongoing", said a presenter on state TV, which interrupted its programmes to air patriotic songs.

There was no confirmation from the Israeli military of an attack on Syria.

Israel's aerial defence system shot down an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria, the Israeli Air Force said in a statement.

CNN asked the IDF for more information on the reported attacks on Syria, but the IDF declined further comment.

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.

Tuesday's attack is the first since a missile assault on the southern outskirts of Damascus on November 29.

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