Syrian Army Intercepts Missiles Near Damascus

Syrian Army Intercepts Missiles Near Damascus

Syrian Army Intercepts Missiles Near Damascus

At least two Israeli missiles have been intercepted outside the Syrian capital, state media said on Saturday, although some military targets suffered damage from the strikes.

Over the past few years, the Israeli military has launched sporadic attacks against various targets on Syrian soil, in assaults slammed by Syria as attempts to boost the terror groups wreaking havoc on the country. As we've noted before, the BBC report was dubiously sourced to "a Western intelligence source" and the story was quickly utilized by Israeli leaders to ratchet up rhetoric in preparing its case before the worldwide community for further attacks on the supposed Iranian targets.

An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment.

SANA says the missile attack occurred shortly after midnight on Friday and caused material damage.

The incident comes amid escalating tensions between Israel and Syria. The Israeli planes were said to have come from the direction of Lebanon.

Quoting Arabic language al-Masdar news agency, citing unanimous source, said the Syrian military's anti-aircraft missiles were fired from Mezzeh Airbase in rural Damascus in the early hours of Saturday.

Only last week Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman shunned Netanyahu's fears and stated that, "there is no physical Iranian military presence at the moment in Syria".

Israel has grown deeply alarmed by Iran's expanding clout during the conflict, and has warned it would act against any threat from its regional foe Tehran.

Iran has provided critical support to President Bashar al-Assad's military in fighting Syrian rebels and Islamic State militants. The British broadcaster commissioned a series of satellite pictures that showed widespread construction at the site.

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