Syria Complains to UN About Alleged Israeli Strikes near Damascus

Minnie Murray
January 14, 2019

Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, the Syrian state news agency said.

The source further said that the aggression occurred at 11:15 p.m. local time on Friday, adding, "Eight enemy targets spotted in the skies of Damascus exploded".

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

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

Only a warehouse in the Damascus International Airport was damaged, according to the statement.

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

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.

The last Israeli attack reported by Syrian state media was on December 25, when a missile attack wounded three Syrian soldiers.

Israel also insists that Iran uses Syria as a bridge to supply missiles and other weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Many of them have been in the area south of Damascus. That followed the September 17 downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions.

The United States has said repeatedly that it will continue to support Israel's right to defend itself against Iran and Hezbollah, including through targeted strikes in Syria, in the wake of its decision to remove American forces from the country.

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