Syrian army says Israel attacked targets in capital of Damascus

Syria’s state-owned media is reporting that Israel attacked targets in the greater Damascus region using warplanes and surface-to-surface missiles.

State media noted further that the Syrian military responded with air defense missiles, reportedly striking one Israeli aircraft while intercepting several Israeli-fired missiles.

The Syrian Army general command said forces responded to Israeli attacks on military positions in the Al-Qutayfah area, north of Damascus. Israeli missiles targeted military sites in Qutifah area near the capital of Damascus, SANA news agency reports.

The Israeli military did not comment.  [source]

A second report claimed that Israeli air-and-missile defense systems intercepted at least one Syrian-fired missile. Also, the report noted that Syrian officials claimed a second Israeli warplane had been shot down in Israeli-held territory, but the Israeli military discounted that claim. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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