Syria air defences 'confront Israeli missiles' near Damascus

Syrian air defense respond to suspected Israeli attack

Russian Federation criticised the airstrike, saying it endangered civilian flights.

The IDF has yet to comment on the incident; however, the military issued a transparent statement on Wednesday.

The Israeli official said the air force had attacked several Iranian targets in three main locations late on Tuesday and early on Wednesday.

"A number of missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah or Iranian forces", the observatory said.

The reported attack near Damascus is the first since US President Trump announced last week that the United States 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.

He said Israel also destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft battery that fired at the Israeli planes, and claimed that Iranian forces are operating less than 80 kilometres from the Israeli border, contrary to Russian assurances.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity under standard security protocols.

SANA reported "the aggression" was carried out from Lebanese airspace.

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In two separate letters addressed to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the head of the UN Security Council, the Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned the attack as a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 350, which called for a ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the wake of the Yom Kippur War.

An Israeli official has confirmed the country carried out airstrikes in Syria.

Syrian media said Wednesday morning that Israel hit a base used by Hezbollah in Al-Dimas, a weapons depot at a base belonging to the Syrian army's 4th division in Sabura and the military's 10th Division command in Qatana.

Syria's state-owned television channel claimed that the nation's air defenses intercepted Israeli missiles above Damascus on Tuesday, downing majority before they reached their targets.

But the Israeli official said all targets had been hit, in some cases causing secondary explosions.

Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement in the war.

During the more than seven-year conflict in neighboring Syria, Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of its arch enemy Iran - a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that he will not allow archenemy Iran to establish a permanent military presence in postwar Syria.

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