Syrian air defenses ‘intercept Israeli missile barrage’ | News from Lebanon

State TV says Syrian air defenses faced “Israeli aggression”, intercepting and shooting down a barrage of missiles on Hama.

Syrian air defenses intercepted Israeli missiles over the western province of Hama, Syrian state TV said Friday, citing a military statement.

The “missile barrage” was directed from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday at 12:40 (22:40 GMT) Friday, the statement read, describing the attack as an “Israeli aggression”. The rockets were aimed at the town of Masyaf in the Hama campaign, the military said.

“Our air defenses intercepted the missiles and shot down most of them,” he added.

The official SANA news agency reported explosions in Masyaf.

There were no immediate comments from Israel.

Shortly before the raids, Israeli warplanes were heard flying over neighboring Lebanon, with some Beirut residents reporting seeing missiles in the skies above the city.

Israel regularly violates Lebanese airspace and has launched hundreds of raids on Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011. The attacks have targeted government troops, Iranian allied forces and fighters from the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Israel rarely confirms the details of its operations in Syria, but says Iran’s presence in support of President Bashar al-Assad is a threat and that it will continue its attacks.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the raid on Masyaf, saying Israel was “probably responsible”.

The war supervisor said the attack was directed at “positions of the regime forces and Iranian-backed militias”, without providing further details.