State TV says Syrian air defences confronted an ‘Israeli aggression’, intercepting and downing a barrage of missiles over Hama.

Syrian air defences have intercepted Israeli missiles over the western province of Hama, Syrian state TV stated early on Friday, citing a army assertion.

The “barrage of missiles” have been directed from the north of the Lebanese metropolis of Tripoli at 12:40am (22:40 GMT) on Friday, the assertion stated, describing the assault as an “Israeli aggression”. The rockets have been aimed on the city of Masyaf within the Hama countryside, the army stated.

“Our air defenses intercepted the missiles and downed most of them,” it added.

The official SANA information company reported explosions in Masyaf.

There was no speedy remark from Israel.

Shortly earlier than the raids, Israeli warplanes have been heard flying over neighbouring Lebanon, with some residents of Beirut reporting seeing missiles within the skies over town.

Israel repeatedly violates Lebanese airspace and has launched tons of of raids in Syria because the begin of the civil battle in 2011. The assaults have hit authorities troops, allied Iranian forces and fighters from the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Israel not often confirms particulars of its operations in Syria, however says Iran’s presence in assist of President Bashar al-Assad is a risk and that it’s going to proceed its assaults.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights additionally reported raids on Masyaf, saying Israel was “probably accountable”.

The battle monitor stated the assault was aimed toward “positions of regime forces and Iran-backed militias,” with out offering further particulars.

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