Isaiah 17:1 King James Version (KJV)
17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
‘Damascus shall become a ruinous heap and a city no more’: Israeli warplanes strike Damascus, air defenses destroy ‘most’ of hostile missiles (VIDEO)
19 Nov, 2019 23:49
Syrian air defenses have repelled an Israeli raid, intercepting several “hostile missiles” over southern Damascus, and destroying majority of them before the projectiles hit the ground, state news agency SANA reported.
Citing a Syrian military source, SANA reported on Tuesday night that Syrian missile defenses came under “a heavy attack” by Israeli warplanes that targeted the Damascus area from the Israeli-controlled part of the occupied Golan Heights and Lebanese airspace near the town of Marjayoun.
A video purporting to show the aftermath of the attack has emerged on social media. Footage posted by Syrian journalist Majd Fahd shows a huge ball of fire engulfing the building in southern Damascus, while loud sounds of explosions could be heard in the background.
A video released by SANA captured a moment Syrian air defenses intercepted a projectile in the night skies.
Most of the missiles failed to impact on the ground, as they were destroyed on the approaches to the city, the SANA source said. The authorities are currently in the process of assessing the damage.
While it’s unknown whether there are casualties among the Syrian military, the reported Israeli sortie is said to have destroyed at least two residential buildings, including a house near the town of Sa’sa, southwest of Damascus near the Golan Heights. Inhabitants of the property – a father, a mother and their children were reportedly injured in the attack.
SANA reported that the injured family members, including a child, have been taken to hospital.
In a separate incident, a house in Qudsaya, a city some 7 km west of Damascus, was severely damaged in the reported strike. Photos published by SANA show shattered glass scattered on the floor, gaping holes in place of windows and wires dangling from concrete wreckage.
The new attack comes just a day after explosions were heard in the vicinity of the Damascus International Airport, according to multiple reports. While the Syrian government has remained tight-lipped about the incident, reports on social media allege that the Syrian capital was subjected to an Israeli strike.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) routinely rain down missiles on the Syrian territory under the pretext of targeting Iranian militias, allies of the Syrian government in its fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and other terrorist groups.