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Missile attack on southwest Damascus

For the second time in two days, the Syrian Ministry of Defense said its air defenses intercepted “hostile missiles” fired from Israel over southwestern Damascus.

Some of the missiles were reportedly intercepted over the Quneitra province, near the Golan Heights, according to Syrian state media.

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The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said on Saturday evening that “anti-air defenses intercept unidentified objects that had entered the airspace of the southern region from the occupied territories.”

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Saturday, “Israeli planes fired at least three missiles from the occupied Golan Heights.”

Two of the strikes reportedly targeted a Syrian army brigade in charge of Quneitra province, Rahman said. Syrian aerial defenses intercepted the third missile.

On Friday, three explosions shook south and southwest Damascus. SANA reported “aerial defenses detected and intercepted hostile targets coming from the direction of Quneitra.”

READ: Syria Reports Israeli Rocket Attack Friday Night

The explosions were heard in the Al-Kiswah area, southwest of Damascus, where the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah terrorist group reportedly maintains weapons depots and air defense batteries.

SOHR head Rahman told AFP, “They were Israeli air strikes that targeted the Al-Kiswah region where weapons warehouses belonging to Iran and [its Lebanese proxy] Hezbollah are located,” according to A-Sharq Al-Awsat.

According to SOHR, it was not clear whether the explosions were caused by the interception of aerial defenses, or by the missiles reaching their targets.

Israel did not comment on the attacks, in accordance with its national policy.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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