Israeli Warplanes Target Damascus Airport

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Israeli warplanes have fired a number of missiles towards Damascus, triggering Syrian air defence that shot down a lot of them, according to state media reports.

Meanwhile, the state TV said the Syrian air defenses destroyed eight Israeli missiles over Damascus, and cited airport officials as saying the airport was functioning as usual without changes of flights.

The Israeli attack, if confirmed, will be the latest in a string of missile strikes targeting the Syrian positions throughout the Syrian crisis since 2011, under the pretext that these positions belong to Iran-backed forces and allied Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters.

SANA further quoted an unnamed Ministry of Transport official as saying that the Damascus International Airport traffic was normal and that it was not affected by the Israeli aggression. The attack took place at 11:15 p.m., it said.

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The damage from the strikes was "limited", the news agency noted, without providing any details about possible casualties.

It is not yet clear whether the S-300s were among the air defense systems used in the Friday night counterattacks.

The Israeli jets reportedly crossed over to Syria through Lebanese airspace after having heavily roamed over Lebanon on Thursday.

If confirmed, this would be the second round of Israeli strikes in Syria since U.S. announced its intent to withdraw on December 19.

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Israel has previously carried out several bombings in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah.

These were near the airport and around the Kisweh area south of Damascus, the observatory said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed not to let Tehran entrench itself militarily in the war-torn country.

Israel has not responded to the allegations it was involved in that incident, but previous Israeli air strikes inside Syrian territory have drawn criticism and recently caused tensions with Russian Federation, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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