Syria says Israeli airstrikes hit warehouse at Damascus airport

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"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.

It claimed that Syrian air defences have foiled and countered "hostile objects" over Damascus on Friday night.

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

"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 as saying.

In a message to the UN Secretary-General, the Foreign Ministry said, in particular, that the Israeli airstrike would not have taken place if it was not for what it described as "unlimited" U.S. support for Israel. Explosions were heard in one of the videos.

It is not yet clear whether the S-300s were among the air defense systems used in the Friday night counterattacks.

These were near the airport and around the Kisweh area south of Damascus, the observatory said.

The Israeli warplanes flew from the Galilee Panhandle and fired several missiles on the vicinity of the capital Damascus, said an army statement.

Commentators suggested the attacks have targeted a Hezbollah-linked facility in Al Kisweh. Syria's air defense systems have opened fire at air targets over western districts of Damascus, a government-run TV channel reported on Saturday.

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.

The Israeli attack, if confirmed, will be the latest in a string of missile strikes targeting the Syrian positions throughout the Syrian crisis since 2011, under the pretext that these positions belong to Iran-backed forces and allied Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters.

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