Syria accuses Israel of airstrikes on targets outside Damascus
Syrian state media accused Israel’s Air Force of launching a strike against targets outside Syria’s capital of Damascus late Friday night and claimed the country’s air defenses intercepted a number of missiles.
“Aerial defenses detected hostile targets coming from the direction of Quneitra and intercepted them,” a military source was quoted by Syria’s SANA news agency as saying.
The state television channel showed footage of the night sky with a point of light firing up into it and the sound of explosions.
According to pro-opposition reports, the strikes targeted the First Division HQ of the Syrian Army near al-Kiswe, south of Damascus. The site, some 50 kilometers from the border with Israel, is in the vicinity of Iranian and Hezbollah storage sites and air defense batteries.
Other local reports said that the strikes targeted Iranian arms depots.
There was no comment on the strikes by Israel which rarely comments on alleged Israel Air Force operations on the northern front, but Israeli officials have repeatedly voiced concerns over Iran’s presence in Syria and the smuggling of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah from Tehran to Lebanon via Syria, stressing that both are red-lines for the Jewish State.