Israel resumes airstrikes in Syria with attack outside Damascus

Syrian state TV claims military intercepted Israeli missiles above Damascus

Caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos called Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to "put him in the picture of what happened yesterday" during Israel's airstrike, the National News Agency said.

Israel has not acknowledged any strikes took place.

Russian Federation accused Israel of directly endangering two civilian planes landing at Damascus global airport on Tuesday night, calling air strikes over the Syrian capital attributed to Israel a "provocation".

Smoke rises past a mountain as seen from the Damascus countryside on December 25. The Syrian regime has branded any rebel groups fighting against its rule as terrorists.

"These [tunnels] constitute violations of the UN Security Council Resolution 1701", the peacekeeping force said in a statement at the time, referring to the agreement that ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Newsweek - citing a US Defense Department official - reported that several Hezbollah leaders were hit in a strike carried out by Israel shortly after they boarded a plane set to depart the Syrian capital for Iran.

Meanwhile, Israel's military spokesman unit also reported action, though it did not confirm air attacks.

Regime media report air defence confronted "enemy targets" above the capital and downed most of the missiles before landing.

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Russia, blaming Israel for the incident, agreed to supply Syria with its advanced S-300 air defense system which Damascus had said would make Israel "think carefully" before carrying out further air raids.

Initial news reports tied the strike to the arrival of a 747 cargo jet belonging to Iran's Fars Air Qeshm.

Moscow on Wednesday said Israeli airstrikes threatened two airliners that were preparing to land in Damascus and Beirut.

During the Israeli airstrikes, three soldiers were wounded when an arms dump exploded.

The Syrian government claimed most incoming missiles were brought down by its defences as Russian Federation claimed Israel's missile strikes had threatened two civilian flights.

Israel in recent years has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran, which alongside its proxies and Russian Federation is fighting on behalf of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Israel says it is also acting after intercepting an Iranian drone entering its air space from Syria.

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