Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles, state media reports

Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles, state media reports

It was not clear if Velayati had spoken to the station before or after the Sunday missile attack.

Syria's Daraa governorate witnessed 3 separate attacks during the past hours, which left five members affiliated to the 4th Division of the Regime Army dead.

State news agency SANA said the air defenses intercepted "hostile targets" fired from inside the "occupied territories".

Local Damascus reports said one missile allegedly hit the Aqraba suburb 50 kilometers southeast of Damascus, where Hezbollah has been previously targeted by the IDF, Indus News reported, quoting Syrian state media.

Illustrative: Explosions seen near Damascus on July 1, 2019, during a purported Israeli airstrike.

The Syrian army later said it had brought down one of the missiles in an area near the capital Damascus.

"As has been repeatedly stated, the enemies of the Islamic Revolution and the Iranian nation pursue their empty dreams and evil ambitions in falsehood and rampant propaganda through spreading false and baseless news", General Sharif said in a statement on Monday night.

Israel views the Islamic Republic's advisors in Syria as a threat and has openly pledged to target them out until they leave the country.

Lebanon's Al Akhbar newspaper reported that the purported Israeli strike had targeted arms warehouses in the suburb of Sayyidah Zaynab south of Damascus.

Iran's military buildup in Syria remains a red line for Israel.

Israel has launched hundreds of missiles towards Syria in recent years, targeting Iranian-backed militias operating in the country as well as supplies sent by pro-Iranian Lebanese Hezbollah to support Assad's forces. Israeli officials later claimed that the attack was a response to rocket fire from Syria into northern Israel.

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