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Syria says Israeli warplanes hit Damascus airport warehouse

AP  |  Damascus (Syria) 

Missiles fired by Israeli warplanes struck a warehouse at International Airport late Friday, causing damage but no casualties, a Syrian said.

The was quoted by Syrian as saying Israeli aircraft coming from the south fired several missiles at areas near about 45 minutes before midnight.

He said defense units shot down most of the missiles, but gave no details on other sites targeted.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said the attack was broader than usual, targeting areas ranging from the eastern suburb of Dmeir to Kiswa south of capital all the way to the village of in the west near the border.

The Britain-based for Human Rights said airstrikes targeted an area near the airport while others hit the area of Kiswa, which is home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Hezbollah forces allied with

There was no immediate word from Israel, which rarely comments on such attacks. is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes in that have mainly targeted Iranian and Hezbollah forces.

It was the first airstrike on the Damascus area this year since Israeli warplanes struck areas near the capital on

In last month's incident, Israeli aircraft flying over fired missiles toward areas near Damascus, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers.

Israeli drones and warplanes were heard flying Friday afternoon over

announced it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to in October. That followed the September 17 downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 04:39 IST