Syria Air Defenses reportedly intercept 'hostile targets' over western Damascus

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Syrian air defences have repelled a missile attack on Damascus, local media said.

Syrian air defences have intercepted several missiles over Damascus, local media reported.

CNN asked the IDF for more information on the reported attacks on Syria, but the IDF declined further comment.

An air defense missile is seen in the sky over Damascus, Syria, on December 25, 2018.

The nature of the targets was not clear.

Later the TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Syrian air defenses "shot down most of the missiles before reaching their targets and the aggression damaged an arms depot and wounded three soldiers".

The development came only two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria will not affect the Tel Aviv regime's policy toward the war-torn country. "We will continue to act against Iran's attempt to establish a military presence in Syria, and if the need arises, we will even expand our activities there".

Russian Federation announced it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria in October.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said that the Israeli missile attack targeted areas in the western and southwestern countryside of Damascus.

Israel's military spokesman's unit did not confirm the raids, but said in a statement that "an aerial defense system was activated against an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria".

The suspected Israeli attacks come two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the United States withdrawal of some 2,000 troops from northeast Syria would not change Israel's policy of targeting Iranian forces in Syria.

Since then Israel has been very careful with its operation over Syria.

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