Hezbollah Leaders Targeted, Reportedly Hit in Israeli Airstrike, U.S. Official Says

A witness said the sound of loud explosions echoed through Damascus.

Syrian eyewitnesses and video on social media showed what appeared to be intense fire on targets near the capital.

Warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday and some of the missiles were shot down by air defence units, Syrian regime media said.

"It's an Israeli raid", said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads SOHR.

Lebanon's National News Agency reported that Israel Air Force planes were operating over southern Lebanon.

Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, said an aerial defense system intercepted an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria, according to a statement posted on the IDF official Twitter account.

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"Missiles fired from Israeli planes targeted. arms depots southwest and south of Damascus that belong to Hezbollah or Iranian forces", Abdel Rahman said. The 747, belonging to Iran's Fars Air Qeshm, had landed in Syria just after 7 p.m.

Israel has previously carried out several bombings in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese group, both enemies of the Jewish state.

During the more than seven-year conflict in neighbouring Syria, Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of Iran - a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

SANA confirmed that the Israeli missiles damaged a munitions warehouse and injured three soldiers.

Russian Federation announced it had delivered the S-300 air defence system to Syria in October.

"A number of missiles hit arms depots for Hezbollah or Iranian forces", the observatory said, adding that no casualties or losses were reported.

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