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Syria: Israeli Missiles Strike Damascus Airport

BEIRUT, The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area Friday, triggering Syrian air defenses that shot down most of them.

The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport, the SANA news agency cited a military source. The attack took place at 11:15 p.m. (2115 GMT), it said.

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defenses firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.

Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011.

The last Israeli attack reported by Syrian state media was Dec. 25, when a missile attack wounded three Syrian soldiers.

A senior Israeli official said in September that Israel had carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years.

Iranian and Iran-backed groups including Lebanon's Hezbollah have deployed into Syria in support of al-Assad's government during the war.

Source: Voice of America