Israel carried out airstrikes on targets near Damascus early Friday, activating Syrian air defenses but causing no casualties, Syrian state media reported, the second such attack in just over two weeks.
The Israeli military declined to comment on the report.
A Syrian military source quoted by state media said Syrian air defenses shot down most Israeli missiles and only caused material damage in the attack launched at 1:26 am. Syrian TV showed images of the air defense being fired.
The Israeli military said a surface-to-air missile launched from Syrian territory toward Israeli airspace had exploded over the Mediterranean Sea and residents of central Israel had found several fragments of the projectile on the ground.
Many residents of central Israel reported hearing a major explosion as Syria reported the attack.
Explosions have also been heard in Lebanon, from whose airspace the attack was launched, a Lebanese security source said.
Israel has been carrying out attacks for several years on what it has described as Iran-affiliated targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces, including Lebanese Hezbollah, have established a presence since it was deployed to aid President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. conflict that erupted in 2011.
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the UN Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council to stop and condemn Israeli attacks on Syria. It said in a letter to both that the latest attack continued “a series of violations and crimes by Israel” against Syria, state news agency SANA reported.
“The Israeli enemy launched an airstrike from the direction southeast of Beirut and targeted some points near the city of Damascus,” the Syrian military source said.
Syria last reported an Israeli airstrike on August 19, which it said targeted areas near Damascus and Homs.
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