Syria reports new Israeli missile barrage near Damascus


Damascus, Syria (AP) —Syrian air defenses confronted Israeli missiles targeting areas near the capital, Damascus, and shot down some of them, the Syrian state news agency reported Monday.

SANA quoted military sources that the missile came from the sky in eastern Lebanon, targeting an outpost near Damascus and causing physical losses.

Other details were not immediately available and there was no comment from Israel about the attack that occurred in Damascus after 3 am. Israel will attack Syria almost overnight.

Israel has made hundreds of strikes against targets in the Syrian government-controlled region during the last decade of civil war in the Arab region, admitting and discussing such operations. That is rare.

However, Israel admits that it is targeting Iranian militia bases, such as the powerful Hezbollah group of radicals in Lebanon. It says it is chasing positions and weapons shipments that are believed to be aimed at the group. Hezbollah is fighting on the side of President Bashar Assad’s army in the Syrian Civil War.

Israel says Iran’s presence on its northern frontier is a red line, justifying attacks on facilities and weapons within Syria.

The attack on Monday will occur in the broader tensions of the Middle East affecting the Persian Gulf, where a series of attacks have been seen, as Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers collapsed and Yemen’s civil war intensified.

United Arab Emirates Intercepted a ballistic missile The Houthi rebels, backed by Iran in Yemen, were fired earlier Monday in a third such attack in the last few weeks.