Syria shoots downs 'most of Israeli missiles' fired towards Damascus

Syria shoots downs 'most of Israeli missiles' fired towards Damascus

Most of the missiles fired by "Israeli military planes" were intercepted at around 11:00 pm (2100 GMT), the source said.

Syrian air defence batteries opened up on "enemy targets" near Damascus Friday, the official news agency SANA reported.

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

Syria's aviation ministry said that operations at the Damascus airport were unaffected by the attacks, and that flights continued normally throughout the night.

The aggression caused only material damage to one of the ammunition warehouses at Damascus International Airport.

"The results of the assault were limited to the targeting of a warehouse at Damascus International Airport", the source added.

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Lebanese residents living near the Syrian border reported hearing the sound of Israeli warplanes in Lebanese airspace shortly before explosions were heard across the Syrian capital.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions late on Friday, the worldwide news agency said. Here is footage of the moment when an Israeli missile was intercepted by Syrian forces.

Russian Federation announced it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria in October.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes in Syria that have mainly targeted Iranian and Hezbollah forces fighting alongside the Syrian government.

Syrian Foreign Ministry said last month that the repeated Israeli attacks on Syria aim to prolong the more than seven-year war in the country.

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