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Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles

Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles

Syria's air defences have repelled a missile attack on Damascus suburbs on Tuesday, Syrian state television reported. But, a war monitor says the air raid targeted arms depots for Lebanon's Hezbollah group and Iranian forces.

The Lebanese National News Agency said Israeli warplanes flew over Lebanon to carry out the raids outside Damascus.

The official SANA news agency said "a number of enemy targets were downed" by the air defences.

The number of airstrikes in Syria attributed to Israel has dropped noticeably in recent months, after a Russian military plane was downed by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli attack on Latakia, killing all 15 servicemen aboard.

Israel's air strike was conducted minutes after the leaders boarded a plane bound for Iran.

An arms depot was hit and three soldiers were injured due to the attack, the source added.

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Syrian state media reported earlier in the evening downing several "hostile targets" near Damascus.

"Our air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by Israeli war planes from above the Lebanese territories and downed majority before reaching their targets", the military source said.

The reported attack near Damascus is the first since US President Donald Trump announced last week that the US will withdraw all of its 2,000 forces in Syria, a move that will leave control of the oil-rich eastern third of Syria up for grabs.

There are reports that the explosions took place around the Mezzeh Military Airport west of the capital and in the areas of Kesawa and Jimraya, which are located northwest of Damascus.

Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, said an aerial defense system intercepted an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria, according to a statement posted on the IDF official Twitter account.

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