The Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial targets over the capital, Damascus, in the late hours of May 17.
“Our air defense systems detected and intercepted enemy targets coming from the direction of al-Quneitra,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said in a short press released without providing additional information.
Several sources claimed that Israeli missiles hit several targets in southern Damascus. However, pro-government activists said that no airstrike took place. No explosions were heard in the capital, which confirms these claims.
The incident over Damascus coincide with an Israeli violation of Lebanese airspace. According to a statement by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), several warplanes of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) flew over the southern part of the country on a low altitude.
The IAF was likely behind the unidentified aerial targets which were intercepted by the SyAADF. Tel Aviv may have been testing air defense systems deployed around Damascus in order to collect additional information.