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Syria’s air defenses repel Israeli missile attack near capital Damascus

This file photo shows the immediate aftermath of an Israeli missile strike on Syria.

Syrian air defenses have responded to a new Israeli aggression, which targeted areas near the capital Damascus, shooting down most of the regime’s missiles.

The late Sunday attack came amid the Israeli regime's intensifying strikes on Syria following the start of its devastating genocidal war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

“At approximately 23:05 pm today, the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights, targeting some points in the vicinity of Damascus,” Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted a military source as saying.

The source added that Syrian air defense units responded to the Israeli aggression and shot down most of the missiles, with the attack only causing limited material losses.

The new Israeli strike came following another attack on the vicinity of Damascus earlier in December, which also came from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights and led to material losses.

A week before that, the Israel regime had carried out airstrikes on Damascus International Airport, causing the facility to go out of service.

Israel has intensified its acts of aggression against Syria since the regime's bloody onslaught against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip started on October 7 following a surprise operation by the territory’s resistance groups, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa Storm.

Nearly 18,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in the Israeli strikes on the blockaded territory since that time.

Israel has also been one of the main supporters of terrorist groups that oppose the democratically-elected government of President Bashar al-Assad since the foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria.

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