Syria thwarts 'Israeli aggression' near Damascus airport

Syrian air defense thwarted ‘Israeli missile attack’ near Damascus airport – state agency

"Our air defenses responded to an Israeli missile attack on Damascus International Airport and shot down a number of hostile missiles", said a Syrian Arab Army source quoted by SANA.

According to a Hadashot TV news report Sunday morning, the Iranian Boeing-made cargo plane was loaded with weapons, and had recently landed at the Damascus International Airport from Tehran.

"Our air defenses responded to an Israeli missile attack on Damascus worldwide airport and shot down a number of hostile missiles", a military source said, quoted by SANA.

Israel has previously acknowledged carrying out air strikes in Syria aimed at degrading the capacity of arch-enemy Iran and its allies, including Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah group, which back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country's seven-year civil war, Haaretz said. A SANA reporter meanwhile reported sounds of explosions in the vicinity of the airport.

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"We don't comment on foreign reports", said the Israeli official, without elaborating. The monitoring group had no immediate word on casualties, saying the strike did cause material damage.

Israel has become increasingly involved in the war in Syria with attacks on the country's military and civilian infrastructures over the past few months.

Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Hezbollah. Israel says it is alarmed by the expansion of operations by Iran and Hezbollah in Syria.

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