On September 15, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike on the Damascus international airport, south of the Syrian capital, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The state-run news agency said that the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) intercepted several Israeli missiles over Damascus.
Local sources and eyewitnesses said that one of the aerial objects, which were hit by the SyAADF was brighter and larger than usual. This allowed some experts to speculate that the object was a large unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or even an aircraft of the IAF.
Few minutes after the first airstrike, Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on a base of the SyAAF around Damascus. Syrian pro-government activists said that an S-200 long-range surface-to-air missile system was damaged as a result of the airstrikes.
Local observers pointed out that Israel only attack the SyAADF when one of its aerial assets is damaged or even shoot down. However, these speculations are yet to be confirmed.
The situation is still developing.