Aircraft from the Israel Defense Forces have launched a number of missiles at a strategic target close to the Syrian capital, Damascus, Israeli and Arab media reported. The reports in Israeli media have since been removed.
Several missiles were reportedly fired toward a target in the countryside south of Damascus, with some intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense and others hitting their intended target.
Arab outlet Al-Masdar News, citing its sources, reported that the target was an ammunition depot of the Syrian Army, located between the towns of Kiswah (Kesweh) and Sahnaya. “Loud explosions” were heard as the missiles hit their target, the news service said.
Other sources, however, claim the target was an Iranian military base in the Kiswah area, some 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the city of Damascus. All reports on the alleged airstrikes in Israeli outlets I24News, Haaretz and Jerusalem Post, have since been taken down, but their cached versions remain available.
The warplanes reportedly launched the missiles from Lebanese airspace.
Videos have emerged on social media purporting to show the moment when one of the Israeli missiles was intercepted by Syrian Air Defense.
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