Syria’s air defenses intercept missiles near city of Hama

Syrian state television said that Israeli aircraft had targeted “one of our military positions towards the city of Masyaf.” (File photo: AFP)

Israeli planes targeted a military position near the province of Hama in Syria on Saturday, but Syrian air defenses intercepted and downed some of the rockets, Syrian state television said on Saturday, adding that six combatants were wounded.

“Around 2:30 am (2330 GMT Friday)... the Israeli air force carried out a strike targeting one of our military positions in the town of Misyaf,” in Hama province north of Damascus, SANA quoted a military source as saying.

“Our air defence batteries intercepted some of the Israeli missiles,” the source said, adding that the strike wounded six combatants and destroyed buildings.

“The enemy missiles were dealt with and some of them were shot down before reaching their target, resulting in the damage of a few buildings and the injury of three fighters,” SANA added.

Since the civil war started, Israel has carried out scores of military strikes in Syria against suspected arms transfers and deployments by Iranian forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies, which are backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53