Syrian media reports about air strike - then denies it

Syrian media report that air defense systems responded to air strike over Damascus. An hour later, denial issued.

Elad Benari ,

Sign near Israel-Syria border
Sign near Israel-Syria border

Syrian media reported on Sunday night about an air strike at the Damascus airport.

The reports claimed that the country’s defense systems were operated against "air targets." The Syrian state news agency SANA said the interception was carried out in the air space of the airport.

An hour later, however, the Syrian news agency denied reports of an air strike near the Damascus Airport and deleted its original report.

In late November, Syria accused Israel of carrying out air strikes on Kisweh, south of Damascus. The air strikes reportedly targeted warehouses and headquarters of the Iranian militias in the area.

Israel did not comment on those reports.

Last week, Syrian media reported that the US-led international coalition had launched air strikes against positions of the Syrian army.

According to SANA, the coalition forces fired several rockets at army positions in al-Ghurab mountain south of al-Sekhneh.

Hours later, the US military said the international coalition had eliminated a senior Islamic State (ISIS) commander was killed in an air strike in southeastern Syria, but it was unclear whether it was the same air strike reported by Syrian media.