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Syria says air defenses intercept missiles near Damascus

SANA reported that 3 civilians were killed in the strikes in the Damascus suburbs

Syrian air defense intercepted several missiles fired during airstrike on Monday, April 27, against targets near the capital Damascus blamed on Israel, the official SANA news agency reported.

It did not give details of the positions targeted shortly before dawn but said the military “shot down a number of missiles before they reached their targets.”

SANA described it as “Israeli aggression” carried out from Lebanese airspace.

The agency said three people were killed and four others, including a child, were wounded because of shrapnel falling on houses in the Damascus suburbs.

Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in the country, targeting government troops as well as allied Iranian forces and fighters from Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, enemies of the Jewish state.

On April 20, SANA said Syrian air defenses had downed Israeli missiles near the ancient city of Palmyra.

Israel rarely confirms its operations in Syria but says Iran’s presence in support of President Bashar al-Assad is a threat and that it will continue its strikes.


With reporting from AFP

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