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Syria says its air defences intercept attack on airbase

AP  |  Damascus 

Syria's air defences confronted an aerial "aggression" from Israel that targeted an air base in the country's centre late Tuesday, state media reported quoting a military official.

The official quoted by the state agency SANA said the attack targeted the T-4 air base in Homs province shortly after 10 pm local time. The official said the attack only caused material damage to the base, saying most rockets were intercepted while only four landed in the targeted area.

There was no immediate Israeli comment. Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes on Syria over the past years but it rarely comments on what it targets.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country's war fighting alongside the government.

The attack on Tuesday comes during heightened tension after the recent escalation between the US and Iran, Damascus' main ally in the region. A US airstrike in Baghdad killed Iran's top general earlier in January. General Qassim Soleimani was the main architect of Iran's policy in Syria, where thousands of allied fighters fought alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in the country's civil war.

Russia announced late last year that it had delivered the S-300 air defence system to Syria. Russia, too, is a key ally of Assad, and its intervention in the civil war, beginning in 2015, turned the tide in his favour.

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First Published: Wed, January 15 2020. 03:25 IST