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August 16, 2019 10:21 am

Syrian Regime Claims Air Defenses Foiled Missile Strike

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

A barrel bomb dropped from a helicopter explodes in Karsaa, Idlib Province, Syria, May 7, 2019, in this still image taken from a video. Photo: Arab24/ Reuters TV via Reuters.

Syrian air defenses identified a missile that was fired toward the city of Masyaf near Hama late on Thursday and destroyed it before it hit its target, a Syrian military source claimed.

The missile was fired from the direction of northern Lebanon, the military source added in a statement distributed on a messaging app.

State television had previously reported the sound of a massive blast near Masyaf in Hama province although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

A spokeswoman for Israel’s military declined to comment on the strike, but Israel has acknowledged repeatedly striking targets inside Syria in recent years. Some attacks Damascus has attributed to Israel have been made from Lebanese airspace.

Israel wants to stop military build-up in Syria by its arch regional foe Iran and Tehran’s close military ally the Lebanese Hezbollah group, which are both fighting on President Bashar al-Assad’s side in Syria‘s eight-year civil war.

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