(BEIRUT) – Fighter jets flying across Lebanon fired missiles into areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday, and some of the missiles were shot down by air defense units, the Syrian state television said. There was no direct word to the victims. While Syrian television did not identify the planes, the state's National News Agency reported that low-altitude Israeli fighters were flying over parts of southern Lebanon and the British Syrian Human Rights Observatory, a war monitor, Israeli air strikes at three locations south of Damascus said the arms depots for the militant Hezbollah group and the Iranian armed forces in Lebanon will withdraw all of its 2,000 troops in Syria, a move that leaves control of the oil-rich eastern third of Syria.
Almost an hour after the attacks began, the residents of Damascus could still hear the Luftwaffe being fired at air targets.
"The aggression is still going on," said a state television presenter who interrupted his programs to broadcast patriotic songs.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military spokesman also reported actions that did not confirm air strikes. A statement states that "an air defense system was activated against an anti-aircraft missile fired from Syria." No damage or injuries were reported by the Israeli military.
It is widely believed that Israel has been behind a series of air strikes. In the past, this was mainly directed against Iranian and Hezbollah forces fighting alongside the government in Syria. The attack on Tuesday is the first since a rocket attack on the southern outskirts of Damascus on 29 November.
Russia has announced that it has delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria in October. This was followed by the shooting down of a Russian reconnaissance plane on 1