Syria intercepts Israeli missiles: state media

Syria intercepts Israeli missiles: state media


Damascus: According to official media reports, the Syrian air defense system shot down Israeli missiles over the northern province of Aleppo on Monday. A war monitor said the attack was aimed at pro-regime positions.

“At around 23:37 on Monday… the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial attack towards southeast Aleppo, targeting positions in the Al-Safira area,” Syrian state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying

“Our air defences intercepted the missiles… shooting down most of them,” it added, saying the extent of damage was still being assessed.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack, which came on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha, targeted Syrian regime positions containing weapons depots and bases operated by pro-Iran groups.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has frequently carried out raids in Syria, mainly targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces and Syrian government forces.

Israel rarely confirms that it has launched an attack in Syria, but the Jewish country’s army said it hit about 50 targets in the war-torn country last year, but did not provide details.

Last month, Israeli airstrikes in central Syria killed at least 11 government troops and militias.

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