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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 January 2019

Syrian air defences intercept 'hostile targets' near Damascus

The targets were Israeli missiles launched from Lebanese airspace, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said

Smoke rises past a mountain as seen from Damascus countryside, Syria. Reuters
Smoke rises past a mountain as seen from Damascus countryside, Syria. Reuters

Syrian air defences intercepted "hostile targets" near Damascus, state media reported on Tuesday.

The nature of the targets was not clear.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor in Britain, said the "hostile targets" were Israeli missiles launched from above Lebanese territory.

"A number of missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah or Iranian forces," the observatory said. No casualties were reported.

Lebanon's state-run National News Agency said Israeli warplanes staged mock raids above southern Lebanon.

"The aggression originated from above the Lebanese territories and a number of hostile targets were downed," Syrian TV claimed.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports.

"An IDF aerial defense system activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria," the Israeli army tweeted later.

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Updated: December 26, 2018 09:34 AM

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