Suspected Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, Syria

30 2018 a convoy of US military vehicles rides in Syria's northern city of Manbij

The damage from the strikes was "limited", the news agency noted, without providing any details about possible casualties.

The source said Syrian defences intercepted most of the "enemy targets" and that only a warehouse at Damascus International airport was hit, according to SANA.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has published a video in which it says the country's air defence systems intercept missiles launched by Israeli warplanes.

In that incident, Israeli aircraft flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers.

An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several loud explosions late on Friday, the worldwide news agency said.

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"Two areas hosting military positions of Iranian forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement have been targeted", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its efforts to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011.

Israel in recent years has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran, which alongside its proxies and Russian Federation is fighting on behalf of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. He said the targets were primarily storage and logistics facilities used by Iran to ship weapons to Hezbollah. Russia's Ministry of Defense, which did not specify which flights had been threatened, added that Syrian air defenses had destroyed 14 of 16 Israeli missiles launched by six F-16 jets against unspecified targets near Damascus. Syria's air defense systems have opened fire at air targets over western districts of Damascus, a government-run TV channel reported on Saturday.

The last such reported airstrike occurred on Christmas Day.

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