Air Strikes Target Damascus: Syrian Officials Say “Israeli Missile Attack” Thwarted

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.”

Damascus sources say the attack has been thwarted, with missile defense systems intercepting several Israeli missiles according to early unconfirmed reports. 

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.