Syrian air defense systems strike down several missiles over western Damascus

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The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defenses that shot down a lot of them.

A Syrian military source said the target appears to have been a "ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus global airport".

A Transport Ministry spokesperson told SANA that air traffic from the airport was unaffected by the conflict.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights explained that Kiswa is "home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Hezbollah forces allied with Syria's government". Syrian air defense systems thus had to limit their response to avoid civilian casualties, so two of the sixteen Israeli-launched laser-guided bombs reportedly reached their targets, wounding three people.

Shortly after 11PM, Syrian media began reporting that explosions were being heard throughout Damascus, along with simultaneous reports from Lebanon claiming there was an abundance of Israeli fighter jets operating in the region.

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Israel gave no initial comment on Friday's reported strikes, but has previously acknowledged carrying out hundreds of attacks in Syria over the years against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah.

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

According to the TV channel, Syrian anti-aircraft gunners struck down several missiles over the Mezzeh suburb near a military aerodrome.

Russian Federation is a main ally of Damascus. Here is footage of the moment when an Israeli missile was intercepted by Syrian forces.

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