Israeli attack near Syrian capital wounds 3 soldiers

Syria Air Defenses reportedly intercept 'hostile targets' over western Damascus

Syria Air Defenses reportedly intercept 'hostile targets' over western Damascus

Syrian air defense systems intercept "hostile targets" in the skies near the capital Damascus late on December 25, 2018.

Citing a military source, the state TV said the air defenses intercepted most of the Israeli missiles before reaching their targets, adding that only a weapon depot was damaged and three soldiers were wounded.

Israel said it deployed its air defenses against a missile shot from Syria as Damascus claimed to intercept "enemy targets" near Damascus Tuesday night.

Minutes earlier, Syrian state media said its own air defenses had opened fire on "enemy targets", shooting them down, in what was reported to be an Israeli airstrike.

The TV, quoting an unnamed military official, identified the warplanes as Israeli.

Lebanese state-run National News Agency said Israeli war planes performed mock raids above southern Lebanon.

"Missiles fired from Israeli planes targeted. arms depots southwest and south of Damascus that belong to Hezbollah or Iranian forces", Abdel Rahman said.

The suspected Israeli attacks come two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the USA withdrawal of some 2,000 troops from northeast Syria would not change Israel's policy of targeting Iranian forces in Syria.

Following Trump's announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel would "continue to act against Iran's attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria, and to the extent necessary, we will even expand our actions there".

CNN asked the IDF for more information on the reported attacks on Syria, but the IDF declined further comment.

The last attack was late last month and targeted military positions in the town of Kisweh in the western countryside of Damascus.

In October, Russia equipped the Syrian army with the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles, days after Israeli fighter jets used a Russian surveillance aircraft flying nearby as a shield and misled the Syrian air defenses to shoot it down.

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