Israel attacks Syria on Christmas Day.
Round up of news stories:
Syrian state television on Tuesday said it had opened fire on "enemy targets" and intercepted missiles targeting Damascus, the first such strike to target the Syrian capital since Nov. 29.
At the same time, Israel said it deployed its air defenses against a Syrian antiaircraft missile.“An IDF aerial defense system activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.It did not elaborate on whether the aerial defense system was successful.
Syrian air defenses on Tuesday confronted Israeli missiles above Damascus and downed most of them before reaching their targets, state TV quoted a military source as saying.
“Our air defenses confronted hostile missiles launched by Israeli war planes from above the Lebanese territories and downed most of them before reaching their targets,” the military source said. An arms depot was hit and three soldiers were injured due to the attack.
Reports on Arab social media claim Israeli Air Force jets returned to carry out further attacks in Damascus on Tuesday night after an earlier round of strikes.
IDF Spokesperson Unit said that Israeli air defense systems were engaged against a Syrian missile, no casualties and no property damages were reported.
MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Syria’s air defense units have repelled an air strike on western outskirts of the capital Damascus, the governmental TV channel, Syria, reported on Tuesday night.One off or sustained? We shall see.
According to the channel’s sources, the attack originated from the Lebanese airspace.
The SANA news agency reported that "Syrian air defenses intercepted on Tuesday hostile targets over the space of Damascus western countryside, downing a number of them."
According to the agency, at least three Syrian servicemen were injured in the attack.
Earlier, the Al Hadath TV channel reported that the strike was performed by Israeli planes and targeted Iranian military facilities and warehouses in southern and western suburbs of Damascus.
The latest air strike on Syria was performed by Israel on November 29. It targeted the suburban region of Al Kiswah west of Damascus.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said its aerial defense system was activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria. There were no reports of damage or casualties, the IDF press service said.