Syrian air defenses confront Israeli missiles above Damascus

Syrian air defense respond to suspected Israeli attack

Lebanon's National News Agency reported that Israel Air Force planes were operating over southern Lebanon.

SANA said "a number of enemy targets were downed" by the air defences.

Loud explosions have been heard close to Syria's capital Damascus overnight, in what the Syrian military says were Israeli air strikes on a weapons depot.

"Our air defences confronted hostile missiles launched by Israeli war planes from above the Lebanese territories and downed a lot of them before reaching their targets", the source said.

"It's an Israeli raid", said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads SOHR.

Syria's air defense units have repelled an air strike on western outskirts of the capital Damascus, the governmental TV channel, Syria, reported on Tuesday night.

Syrian air defense respond to suspected Israeli attack
Syria's air defenses intercept Israeli missiles over capital Damascus - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The Israeli attack, if confirmed, would be the first since US President Donald Trump announced last week that the US will withdraw its forces from Syria. It targeted the suburban region of Al Kiswah west of Damascus.

"The aggression is still ongoing", said a presenter on state TV, which interrupted its programs to air patriotic songs.

Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, said an aerial defense system intercepted an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria, according to a statement posted on the IDF official Twitter account.

Israel and the United States have even put pressure on Russian Federation, another close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war against terrorist groups, to force Iran out of Syria.

A US Defense Department official told American media that top Israeli military brass had told him that a number of senior Hezbollah leaders were targeted as they boarded a plane for Iran. Tuesday's attack is the first since a missile assault on the southern outskirts of Damascus on November 29.

Sir Alex Ferguson's message in 2015 book came true about Jose Mourinho
Mourinho's two-and-a-half-year tenure came to an end with United sixth and 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool . But the team were very good [against Cardiff], very quick getting the ball forwards and I think we were more clinical.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes Virgil Van Dijk REVELATION after Wolves masterclass
It was a gutsy performance but Adama Traore wasted a fine opening while Romain Saiss was denied by Alisson Becker . We need to continue on that. "Credit to them but we won the game and that's always the most important thing".

Williamson leads No. 2 Duke over Texas Tech at MSG
That total marks Duke's sixth consecutive game with double-digit steals, tied for the second-most in program history. That basket started at 11-0 run that also included two Jack White free throws and an Alex O'Connell 3-pointer.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sydney Olympic Park Opal Tower: Residents evacuated on Christmas Eve
Dec 25, 2018 - 02:26
There are no longer concerns of the tower collapsing, police say. "A few days ago the doors looked different". Police "identified there was a crack in the building", he added, alerting emergency services.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top British Special Forces Regain Control of Hijacked Ship Off UK Coast
Dec 25, 2018 - 02:19
Grimaldi Group, which owns the Grande Tema , told BBC News the men were discovered on board the ship four days before it docked. The men appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today charged with one count each of affray, by threatening violence.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stores offering deals, staying open late on Christmas Eve
Dec 25, 2018 - 02:13
Eating out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be hard , as a lot of places are closed for the holiday. Target will be open Christmas Eve until 10 p.m. and will remain closed for Christmas Day .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Winds put BC Hydro customers on Hornby, Denman Island in dark
Dec 25, 2018 - 02:00
Officials estimate about a section of the pier about 30 metres long collapsed, and that it could take months before it's fixed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Early elections in Israel as Benjamin Netanyahu disbands government
Dec 25, 2018 - 00:36
The justice ministry announced Monday that deliberations were continuing and were "not dependent on political events". The Prime Minister has denied any wrongdoing in the cases and has given no indication he will step down if charged.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Supreme Court denies WH request to immediately enforce asylum ban
Dec 24, 2018 - 04:00
The San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals then refused the administration's request to lift Judge Tigar's order. ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said the ruling "will save lives and keep vulnerable families and children from persecution".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has surgery to remove cancerous growths
Dec 24, 2018 - 02:45
Joseph Shrager, professor and chief of the division of thoracic surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in NY performed a lobectomy, removing one of the five lobes of the lung.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Gradual Reduction In GST Rates To Strengthen Tax Regime, Says Industry Body
Dec 24, 2018 - 02:43
The Finance Ministry has time and again asked real estate dealers to pass on GST rate cut benefits to buyers, but to no avail. Currently, these products are under the 28% tax slab and it is an expectation that they might come under the 18% slab.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Manchester City stunned by Palace, trail Liverpool by four points
Dec 24, 2018 - 02:28
However, Pep Guardiola felt taht his team had played well and just fell victim to some clinical finishing from Crystal Palace . City's next game is against Leicester City on Boxing Day.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Peter Schmeichel reveals interest in Manchester United director of football role
Dec 24, 2018 - 02:09
He is widely regarded as one of United's greatest players and was named Footballer of the Year twice during his time at the club.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top EPL: Sarri advises Chelsea to sell Morata for 31-year-old striker
Dec 23, 2018 - 04:04
It comes as Chelsea revive their interest in Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain ahead of the January transfer window. Higuain was a target for Sarri last summer and Chelsea held initial talks with his then club Juventus .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Wall Street rises ahead of Fed rate decision
Dec 23, 2018 - 03:42
But it also raises the risk that the Fed will jolt the markets by catching them off guard. "There's too much news". President Trump has bragged in the past that he's responsible for the economy taking off like a "rocket ship".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Guardiola backs Solskjaer to hit the ground running at Man Utd
Dec 23, 2018 - 03:02
Ole's the guy to get them doing that. 'Just to be positive, take risks, ' said Lingard, when asked what Solskjaer told the team. It was the right time for Manchester United to part company with Jose Mourinho .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Parts of U.S. gov't shut down after politicians fail to reach deal
Dec 23, 2018 - 02:27
The US Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, would not be affected because it's an independent agency. Those being furloughed include almost everyone at NASA and 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Real Madrid win third straight Club World Cup title
Dec 23, 2018 - 01:46
His sensational hat-trick in the semi-final against Kashima Antlers helped his side get to the final. It has three more world titles than the next best, AC Milan.