BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shot down most of them. Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defenses firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky. Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011. The last Israeli attack reported by Syrian state media was on Dec. 25, when a missile attack wounded three Syrian soldiers. Iranian and Iran-backed groups including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have deployed into Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government during the war.
Source: Egypt Independent January 11, 2019 23:15 UTC