Israeli Air Force fighter jets reportedly attacked weapons depots belonging to pro-Iranian militias in areas near western Damascus late Tuesday night.
“Our air defenses are responding to hostile targets in the western periphery of Damascus,” said the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
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State-run news reported the “aggression” was carried out from within Lebanese air space. Syrian television news quoted a military source who said weapons warehouses were hit and that three Syrian soldiers were wounded.
Local sources reported that 22 missiles were fired, but according to Lebanon’s Hezbollah-linked Al Mayadeen news network, that number was closer to 10 missiles. Lebanese media claimed the target was located in the district of Qatana.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “It’s an Israeli raid,” in a comment from NGO head Rami Abdel Rahman. “Missiles fired from Israeli planes targeted … arms depots southwest and south of Damascus that belong to Hezbollah or Iranian forces.”
A separate source said the Syrian military fired Pantsir-S2 and S-200 SAM (surface-to-air missiles) at the attacking warplanes and at cruise missiles aiming at weapons warehouses from sites at Mazzeh, Al-Dimas, Al-Kiswah and from the Syrian Golan Heights.