Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Syria files United Nations complaint after alleged Israeli airstrikes near Damascus airport

Syria files United Nations complaint after alleged Israeli airstrikes near Damascus airport

"At 11:15 before midnight Israeli warplanes coming from Al-Jalil area launched many missiles towards Damascus area and our air defenses intercepted them and downed majority", a Syrian military source said to SANA.

A warehouse in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport was damaged in the apparent Israeli air raid, a military source told SANA, claiming that the jets fired "several missiles" from the direction of northern Israel.

"Two areas hosting military positions of Iranian forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement have been targeted", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. An ammunition warehouse at the Damascus airport was reportedly hit, but a Syrian Transport Ministry official said to SANA airport activity continues as normal. The attack took place at 11:15pm (21:15 GMT), it said.

The strikes were first reported a little before midnight in Damascus by the Syrian News Agency.

The S-300 systems were delivered to Syria late previous year, but they are not yet believed to be in use, as the Syrian air defense teams still need to be trained to operate them. It also said Israeli fighter jets were also operating in Lebanese airspace.

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If confirmed, this would be the second round of Israeli strikes in Syria since United States announced its intent to withdraw on December 19.

Israel has accused Iran of seeking to establish a military presence in Syria that could threaten Israeli security and attempting to transfer advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.

Many of them have been in the area south of Damascus.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed not to let Tehran - a supporter of President Assad - entrench itself militarily in the war-torn country.

Russia said the Syrian military didn't fully engage its air defense assets to avoid accidentally hitting the passenger jets, adding that Syrian air traffic controllers redirected the Damascus-bound plane to a Russian air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia.

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