In the late hours of February 13, a new wave of Israeli airstrikes targeted the vicinity of the Syrian capital, Damascus.
The airstrikes reportedly targeted several areas around the Damascus International Airport as well as the town of al-Ghasulah in the capital’s Eastern Ghouta Region. Large explosions were reported in these areas.
A military source told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that Syrian air-defense systems intercepted some of the Israeli missiles, which came from the southern direction.
“At 23:45 hours on Thursday, 2/13/2020 hostile missiles coming from the occupied Golan were detected, our air defense systems immediately dealt with them, downing a number of hostile missiles before reaching their targets,” the source said.
The state-run news agency released several videos allegedly showing the interception of many Israeli missiles by the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF)
Earlier this month, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out a similar wave of airstrikes on Damascus and the country’s southern region. The large attack threatened a civilian airliner that was about to land in the Damascus International Airport.
The recent increase in Israeli attacks on Syria coincides with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance in the country’s northwestern region, where al-Qaeda-affiliated groups are active.