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Syrian air defenses thwart Israeli airstrike on Hama

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 Damascus.

Syrian air defenses have thwarted Israeli airstrikes over the western province of Hama.

"At 21:25 local time, Israeli warplanes targeted one of our military sites in the vicinity of Masyaf, but our air defense system immediately responded to enemy missiles and shot down a number of them,” Syria's official news agency SANA quoted a military source as saying on Thursday.

According to Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV channel, the missiles were fired from Israeli warplanes over the Lebanese airspace.

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

The Israeli attacks are thus considered an attempt to prop up foreign-backed Takfiri terrorist groups suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.

Israel has also 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.

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