Syrian air defenses intercept ‘hostile targets’ close to Damascus

Syrian air defenses intercept 'hostile targets' near Damascus

Smoke rises previous a mountain as seen from Damascus countryside, Syria December 25, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian air defenses intercepted “hostile targets” close to Damascus, Syrian state media reported on Tuesday.

“Our air defenses have intercepted quite a few hostile targets close to Damascus,” Syrian state TV stated.

The character of the targets was not clear.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.Ok.-based battle monitor, stated the “hostile targets” had been Israeli missiles launched from above the Lebanese territories and focused western and southwestern Damascus rural areas.

“Various missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah or Iranian forces,” the observatory stated. No casualties or losses had been reported.

Lebanese state-run Nationwide Information Company stated Israeli battle planes carried out mock raids above southern Lebanon.

“The aggression originated from above the Lebanese territories and quite a few hostile targets had been downed,” Syrian TV stated.

An Israeli navy spokeswoman declined to touch upon the stories.

“An IDF aerial protection system activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria,” the official Israeli military Twitter account later stated.

Reporting by Hesham Hajali in Cairo, Kinda Makieh in Damascus and Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Writing by Dahlia Nehme; Enhancing by Edmund Blair

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