Syrian air defences intercept ‘hostile targets’ near Damascus | News

Syrian air defences intercepted “hostile targets” near the capital Damascus, the country’s state media said on Tuesday.

“Our air defences have intercepted a number of hostile targets near Damascus,” Syrian state TV said.

Loud explosions were heard in the Syrian capital, a Reuters witness said.

The nature of the targets was not clear.

Lebanese state-run National News Agency said Israeli war planes performed mock raids above southern Lebanon.

“The aggression originated from above the Lebanese territories and a number of hostile targets were downed,” Syrian TV added.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports.

Israel has in the past carried out dozens of air strikes in neighbouring Syria against what it says are Iranian targets, many of them in the area south of Damascus.

At the end of November, Syria said its air defences had targeted and downed a number of “hostile targets” over the Kisweh area south of Damascus.

In early December SANA and state television reported that Syrian air defences had opened fire near Damascus airport but later both state media outlets withdrew the report without explanation.

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