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Syrian air defenses intercept Israeli missiles over Homs: SANA

In this file photo released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 24, 2020, Syrian air defenses intercept an Israeli missile over the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The Syrian army says the country’s air defenses in the central province of Homs have intercepted a number of missiles fired by Israeli warplanes.

Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military source as saying on Tuesday that the missiles had violated the Lebanese airspace before being confronted by the army air defenses.

“At 20:25 of Tuesday, the Israeli warplanes launched a number of missiles, from over Lebanon, into the direction of eastern Homs… immediately, the army air defenses intercepted the hostile missiles and shot down a number of them,” the military source said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the Syrian media.

On March 5, the Syrian army air defenses also confronted an Israeli missile aggression on the country’s central and southern regions, preventing the hostile missiles from reaching their targets.

The Tel Aviv regime mostly keeps quiet about the attacks on Syrian territories which many view as knee-jerk reaction to Syrian government’s increasing success in confronting terrorism in country.

Israel has been a main supporter of terrorist groups that have opposed the government of President Bashar al-Assad since militancy erupted in Syria in March 2011.

Syrian government forces have taken back many areas once controlled by the terrorist groups. The government and allied forces are currently busy fighting last bastions of militants in the northwestern province of Idlib and areas in the neighboring Aleppo province.

The large-scale government offensive in Idlib has caused increasing friction with neighboring Turkey as Ankara insists that Syria and its main ally Russia are violating the terms of a ceasefire agreement reached in Russia in September.

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