Deadly explosion in Syrian capital Damascus


Israel says it is has launched airstrikes against Iranian Revolutionary Guards special forces, Quds, inside Syria.

But the incident happened after Syrian media and the Russia's Ministry of Defence said they had "prevented" an Israeli airstrike near Damascus Airport.

The Syrian regime mouthpiece SANA said the military's air defense systems had "effectively addressed" the incoming Israeli attack and "prevented it from achieving any of its objectives". Russia's Ministry of Defense, according to RIA news agency, said four Israeli jets fired seven missiles at the global airport, causing no injuries to Syrian nationals.

The IDF Spokesman confirmed on Sunday afternoon that the Iron Dome system had intercepted a missile fired from Syria towards the northern Golan Heights.

Syrian state media also reported the attack.

Tel Aviv has a bellicose relationship with Damascus' Lebanese ally Hezbollah and Iran, and repeatedly strikes targets in the conflict-torn country.

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The prime minister said that "in the past 36 hours", the IAF hit Iranian arms depots near Damascus airport.

Earlier in January, Netanyahu vowed to continue confronting military activities in Syria allegedly conducted by Iran.

"This policy doesn't change, whether I am in Israel or on a historic visit in Chad".

With the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah forces, Israel's northern front has become the IDF's number one priority with former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. -Gen.

Nevertheless, daytime strikes by Israel against targets in the war-torn country are extremely rare with the IAF operating during the night.

Syrian state television earlier reported that a blast had been heard around the southern highway in Damascus.