Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Syrian regime downs Israeli missiles near Damascus airport

Syrian regime downs Israeli missiles near Damascus airport

"Our air defence systems thwarted an Israeli missile aggression on Damascus International Airport", Syrian regime news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.

Airstrikes by Israeli forces destroyed an Iranian Boeing plane, hours after it landed at the Damascus International Airport on Saturday.

"Voting centres opened for citizens to cast their ballots to elect their representatives in the local administrative councils", SANA reported. Efforts were made to disguise the true goal of the buildings, the report said, with some of the warehouses labeled "United Nations" or "DHL", the worldwide mail company, in an apparent effort to evade Israeli intelligence-gathering efforts.

The Syrian Human Rights Observatory, a London-based nongovernmental organization with an extensive network of activists on the ground, said the target of the attack was a weapons depot near the airport, where a shipment of sophisticated weapons had recently arrived for either the Iranians or Lebanon's pro-Iranian Shia terrorist group Hezbollah.

Earlier this month, a senior Israeli military official said the army had struck more than 200 targets in Syria, focussing on Iranian weapons and other targets.

Israel's Channel 2 reported that Israeli jets also hit weapon stores at the airport hangars.

Israel has frequently targeted Syrian military facilities and positions alleging the presence of Iranian personnel and weaponry.

Israel has become increasingly concerned over the reach of its enemy Iran, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

While Russia does not seem to have accepted Israel's demand for Iran to be completely removed from Syria, it has agreed to force the Islamic Republic's forces and proxies to leave the areas closest to the border with Israel.

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