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Syria claims IAF hit Damascus salvo of precisionguided missiles reportedly penetrated Syria’s aerial defense array late last night, striking several targets on the southern outskirts of the capital.

By Jonathan Hessen and Erin Viner

“At exactly 11:18 PM… Israel carried out an air aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting some points south of the city of Damascus, and our air defense array confronted the aggression’s missiles and shot down most of them,” reported the regime-run SANA news agency, citing a military source.

And while the Syrian Armed Forces official acknowledged that “some material damage was caused,” one local source insisted that “large explosions were seen from a distance” in the area in the area north of al-Kiswah.

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported that ten Israeli missiles hit “military positions” near al-Kiswa ”where the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah terror group and regime Air Defense forces are based. The city is located in the Rif Dimashq Governorate about 13 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus. No casualties were reported.

“This is the 14th Israeli attack on Syrian territory in 2022,” noted the London-based monitoring group according to its count.

Despite media reports echoing conviction by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that surface-to-surface missiles were deployed in the attack, such claims are merely speculative as the projectiles appeared after having already breached the Arab Republic’s airspace.

If the Israeli Air Force was indeed behind the latest strikes, a variety of offensive munitions could have been utilized included undetectable aerial launchers.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit declined to either confirm or deny allegations of responsibility, in response to TV7’s request for comment.

For the past several years, Israel has acknowledged mounting hundreds of attacks on Iranian-linked targets in Syria where the Islamic Republic’s forces and proxy terror groups including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have become entrenched in deployments aimed at attacking Israel while assisting President Bashar al-Assad battle insurgents in the Syrian Civil War which erupted in 2011.

While the Jewish State rarely confirms such missions, the country’s political and defense leaders have repeatedly stated that Iran’s presence just over the northern frontier will not be tolerated.