Syria air defenses down Israeli missiles over Homs: state media

Syrian air defenses intercepted several Israeli missiles fired at targets in the center of the war-torn country late on Tuesday, according to Syrian state media.

"The air defenses shot down a number of missiles before they reached their targets," official news agency SANA reported on Tuesday, without identifying the targets in Homs province.

The missiles were fired by the Israeli air force from Lebanese airspace, it quoted a military source as saying.

According to Al-Jazeera there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war monitor, said the target was a military airport where Iranian forces are present.

Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks in Syria targeting government troops as well as allied forces and fighters.

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