Syrian Army Intercepts Missiles Near Damascus



Syrian state media has said army units have intercepted Israeli missiles outside the capital Damascus, although some damage has been caused by "military strikes".

Some videos that emerged on social media are claiming to show the moment when the Israeli missiles were intercepted by Syrian Air Defense.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports, according to Haaretz.

However Sky News Arabia said that the target of the strike had in fact been an Iranian base under construction in the Keswah area south of Damascus. In it, he addresses Iran's attempts to entrench itself in Syria and says Israel will not allow it.

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Only last week Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman shunned Netanyahu's fears and stated that, "there is no physical Iranian military presence at the moment in Syria".

Quoting Arabic language al-Masdar news agency, citing unanimous source, said the Syrian military's anti-aircraft missiles were fired from Mezzeh Airbase in rural Damascus in the early hours of Saturday. Israel has not confirmed that attack either.

Israel has carried out a number of airstrikes against suspected arms shipments believed to be bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces in the civil war in Syria. In satellite images published by the BBC, several buildings that appear to be storage facilities - for vehicles or weapons - are seen along a staging ground, with other buildings, one of them appearing to be a headquarters, adjacent. The report was based on intelligence from "Western security sources", the report said.

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