Syria says its air defenses intercepted Israeli missiles | Syrian war news

The airstrikes came after the Lebanese media reported that Israeli planes were flying low over Beirut.

Israeli airstrikes targeted Syria’s Damascus and Homs regions late Thursday, the official Syrian news agency SANA reported, saying the country’s air defenses intercepted several Israeli missiles.

SANA quoted a Syrian military source as saying the airstrikes were coming from the direction of Beirut, to the southeast.

“Our air defense tools have intercepted the missiles and shot down most of them, and the impact of the aggression is now being assessed,” the source said.

The Lebanese media had reported Israeli planes flying low over Beirut.

Lebanon’s civil aviation chief Fadi Al-Hassan said Aljadeed tv that two flights heading to Beirut were temporarily asked to change course due to the Israeli operation, but that they eventually landed safely in the Lebanese capital.

Israel has been regularly bombing Hezbollah and the government targets in Syria for the past few years, but rarely acknowledges such attacks.

The Israeli military has recently used Lebanese airspace to launch the strikes in an apparent effort to avoid confrontation with the Russian air force, which is active in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said at least three missiles were targeting warehouses of weapons belonging to Hezbollah in the field of Damascus. It is unclear whether the attack caused casualties.

The Israeli attacks on Thursday follow a recent outbreak on the Israel-Lebanon border between Hezbollah and the Israeli army.

The two sides exchanged gunfire earlier this month without casualties. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah later warned Israel that his group will retaliate against any Israeli attack.

“We do not seek war and we do not want to move towards war, but we are prepared for it,” Nasrallah said.

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