Syrian state media reports that several Israeli airstrikes have targeted Damascus international airport, and that Syrian air defenses have been activated, attempting to shoot down the incoming missiles.
Various journalists in the region are also reporting that locals in Damascus heard multiple loud explosions during the Saturday evening hours.
Syrian state-run SANA posted this update: “Syrian air defenses confront Israeli missile attack on Damascus International Airport, shooting down a number of enemy missiles.”
— Nabih (@nabihbulos) September 15, 2018
Damascus sources say the attack has been thwarted, with missile defense systems intercepting several Israeli missiles according to early unconfirmed reports.
בסופו של דבר המשטר מדווח על תקיפה של ישראל, שהוא כמובן סיכל, בנמל התעופה הבינלאומי של דמשק pic.twitter.com/8dMRbinwDe
— Guy Elster (@guyelster) September 15, 2018
Pro-government media accounts have posted early unconfirmed video that appears to show a missile intercept of an incoming projectile near Damascus International Airport.
The incident comes as tensions between Syria and the West have been at their highest in months as the Syrian Army and its Russian ally prepare for a major offensive on Idlib.
#BREAKING: #Syria|n Arab Air Defense Force has launched a Surface to Air missile at an unidentified target over #Damascus International airport just 20 minutes ago. Here are its videos. #Israel|i Air Force may have deceived them again using a target drone to draw their attention. pic.twitter.com/CSMfBomemf
— Babak Taghvaee (@BabakTaghvaee) September 15, 2018