Syrian Army Air Defense Units Intercept Israeli Missiles Fired at Damascus Countryside

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The Syrian Army air defense units intercepted two Israeli missiles fired at the Southern part of Damascus province, Syria’s state news agency reported on Wednesday.

SANA reported that the air defense units intercepted 2 Israeli missiles fired at al-Keswah region in Southern Damascus on Tuesday nights.

In the meantime, al-Jazeera TV channel reported that the Israeli missile attack was launched to target a militant base in Southern Damascus.

Also, al-Mayadeen TV quoted sources in Quneitra province as reporting that three Israeli missiles were fired from the occupied Golan Heights at Syrian territories.

The sources further told al-Mayadeen that the Israeli warplanes were flying over the Golan Heights, underlining the possibility that the fighter jets fired the missile at Syria’s soil.

Local sources in Southern Damascus said that two civilians were killed due to the interception of Israeli missiles near al-Keswah reign at Damascus-Dara’a highway, but did not present any further details on the incident.

SANA reported last month that the air defense units intercepted 12 missiles fired at al-Dumayr airbase in Northern Damascus and Sha’eirat airbase in Eastern Homs.

Also, the Arabic-language website of Russia’s state-run Sputnik reported that the air defense units intercepted nine missiles before they could reach al-Sha’eirat.

It further said that the al-Sha’eirat and T4 airbases in Homs province did not sustain any damage in the missile attack.

In the meantime, Al-Mayadeen TV reported that the air defense units intercepted three missiles before they could reach al-Dumayr airbase in Northern Damascus.

It further said that the missile attack at al-Dumayr airbase was amid talks between the militants and the army to reach an agreement over evacuation of the gunmen from al-Dumayr region.

Field sources said that the missile attacks were launched by Israel, adding that the Syrian air defense units fired several surface-to-air missiles at Israeli fighter jets that had attacked Syria’s soil from outside of the country.

The US Pentagon denied any involvement in the Tuesday morning missile attacks.

The US, France and the UK launched a series of strikes on Syria in retaliation for the alleged chemical attack by the Syrian government in the town of Douma. The assault came hours before the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team was scheduled to arrive in Douma to determine whether chemical weapons had indeed been used there.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the missile strike against Syria’s military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by US warplanes and naval ships in cooperation with the British and French air forces, while the Syrian air defenses shot down 71 out of 103 missiles fired by the US-led coalition.          

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