Syria intercepts Israeli missile attack (official media)

Syrian air defenses intercepted Israeli missile fire near Damascus, state media reported on Friday.

“Our air defenses have stopped a number of hostile missiles in the airspace of the southern countryside of Damascus,” Syria’s official SANA news agency said.

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AFP correspondents in the Syrian capital said they heard very loud noises in the evening.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the target of the Israeli strikes were Iranian bases near Damascus.

The latest strike follows one on May 14 that killed five soldiers and another on April 27 that the Observatory said killed 10 fighters, including six Syrian soldiers, in the deadliest raid since the start of 2022.

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes there, targeting government positions as well as bases and weapons depots for Iran-backed allied forces and group fighters. Lebanese Shiite militant Hezbollah.

While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes, it has admitted to organizing hundreds.

The Israeli army has defended them as necessary to prevent its nemesis, Iran, from gaining a foothold on its doorstep.

The conflict in Syria has killed nearly half a million people and forced about half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.

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