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Syria’s air defenses shoot down most Israeli missiles targeting Homs, casualties reported

In this file picture, Syria's air defenses intercept and destroy a missile launched by Israeli military aircraft from the direction of Lebanon towards the capital Damascus. (via SANA)

Syrian air defenses have successfully shot down most of the Israeli missiles launched toward an airbase in the central Syrian province of Homs, according to Syria’s state media.

Citing a military source, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported that the Israeli missile attack was carried out from the Lebanese airspace and targeted Shayrat military airbase in the southeastern part of Homs on Sunday evening.

“At 6:23 p.m. this evening, the Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction of Tripoli-Hermel in northern Lebanon, targeting Shayrat military airport in Homs countryside,” the report said, adding, “Our air defenses confronted the aggression’s missiles and shot down some of them.”

Syrian state television also broadcast footage of air defenses intercepting “missiles of an Israeli aggression” against Homs, which is home to military sites belonging to the Syrian government forces and the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.

Citing the military source, SANA also said the Israeli aggression “led to the martyrdom of two soldiers, the wounding of three others in addition to material losses.”

Israel frequently violates Syria’s sovereignty by targeting military positions inside the Arab country, especially those of the resistance movement Hezbollah, which has played a key role in helping the Syrian army fight foreign-backed terrorists.

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

Israel has been a key supporter of terrorist groups that have been fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad since the foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria in early 2011.

Syria has repeatedly complained to the UN over Israeli assaults, urging the Security Council to take action against Tel Aviv’s crimes. The calls have, however, fallen on deaf ears.

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