Syria says its air defense shoots down missiles coming from sea, targeting Latakia
Iran Press TV
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:09PM
Syria says its air defense system has shot down several missiles fired from the sea, targeting state technical industry institutions in Latakia on Monday night.
"Air defenses have confronted enemy missiles coming from the sea in the direction of the Latakia city, and intercepted a number of them," the official SANA quoted a military source as saying late on Monday.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that huge explosions had been heard in the western city.
Local media have reported the large explosion and a power outage in the surrounding area.
It was not immediately known who fired the missiles, which appeared to be targeting "ammunition depots" of Syria's Organization for Technological Industries.
The state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV said the attacks were from the Israeli military targeting the state company.
The attacks came a couple of days after the Syrian missile defense system successfully intercepted and downed Israeli missiles fired at an airport in the capital Damascus.
SANA said late Saturday that the military had thwarted an "Israeli aggression," adding that a number of "enemy missiles" fired at the Damascus International Airport had been dismantled.
Israel has become increasingly involved in the war in Syria with attacks on the country's military and civilian infrastructures over the past few months.
The Tel Aviv regime has launched the attacks as Syria has managed to recapture many areas across the country from the grip of militants.
However, many of those attacks have failed as Syrian defense system has managed to shoot down missiles fired by the Israelis.
Latakia is home to Russia's Hmeimim Air Base, from which Russian fighter jets conduct airstrikes against Daesh terrorists and foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.
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