Syrian Air Defense Intercepts Israeli Missile Barrage Over Hama District

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Syrian Air Defense Intercepts Israeli Missile Barrage Over Hama District

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In the early hours of December 25th, Israel carried out missile strikes on Syrian territory, over the Misyaf region.

According to Syrian state outlet SANA, most of the missiles were intercepted by air defense.

A military source told SANA that at 12.40 a.m., the Israeli enemy launched missiles from a position not too far from Lebanon’s Tripoli city towards Masyaf region in Hama, adding that the army confronted the aggression and shot down most of the missiles.

There is also a debris from a Pantsir-S / C1 anti-aircraft missile system of the Syrian army found in the zone where the Israeli missiles were intercepted.

Syrian Air Defense Intercepts Israeli Missile Barrage Over Hama District

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Later on, the unnamed reports were confirmed by the Syrian Defense Ministry.

The Syrian Ministry of Defense posted a statement saying Israel “launched an aggression by directing a barrage of rockets” from the Lebanese city of Tripoli towards the Masyaf area. The ministry continued by stating their air defenses “confronted the enemy missiles and intercepted most of them.”

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported strikes on Masyaf, saying neighboring Israel was “likely responsible.”

The war monitor said the attack was aimed at “positions of regime forces and Iran-backed militias,” without providing additional details.

Shortly before the raids, Israeli warplanes were heard flying over neighbouring Lebanon, with some residents of Beirut reporting seeing missiles in the skies over the city.

Israel regularly violates Lebanese airspace and has launched hundreds of raids in Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011. The attacks have hit government troops, allied Iranian forces and fighters from the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

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