Israel strikes weapons depot near Damascus, says Syria

Damascus skies erupt with surface to air missile fire as the U.S. launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus Syria

Meanwhile, Lebanese reports said Israeli warplanes infiltrated the Lebanese airspace on Tuesday evening at the time of the attack.

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

The Israeli attack is the latest in a string of missiles strikes targeting Syrian positions throughout the crisis over the pretext that they are targeting positions of Iranian-backed forces and allied Hezbollah fighters.

Later the TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Syrian air defenses "shot down most of the missiles before reaching their targets and the aggression damaged an arms depot and wounded three soldiers".

"It's an Israeli raid", said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.

Smoke rises past a mountain as seen from Damascus countryside Syria
REUTERS Omar Sanadiki Hezbollah Top Brass Hit by Alleged Israel Strike- Reports

Syria's state-run al-Ikhbariyah Syria television news network that air defenses had intercepts the targets in the skies over the western outskirts of Damascus.

The civilian company has been accused on multiple occasions of smuggling Iranian arms to Hezbollah, and media speculated that its cargo had been the target of the strikes. The source cited information that came directly from senior Israeli military officers with direct knowledge of the attack.

The Israeli attack, if confirmed, would be the first since US President Donald Trump announced last week that the US will withdraw its forces from Syria.

The Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement shortly after that its air defenses had fired at a Syrian anti-aircraft missile. Tuesday's attack is the first since a missile assault on the southern outskirts of Damascus on November 29.

That followed the September 17 downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane by Syrian regime forces responding to an Israeli air strike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions.

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