DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – Syrian air defenses have thwarted the Zionist regime’s airstrikes over the western province of Hama.
"At 21:25 local time, Israeli warplanes targeted one of our military sites in the vicinity of Masyaf, but our air defense system immediately responded to enemy missiles and shot down a number of them,” Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted a military source as saying on Thursday.
According to Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV channel, the missiles were fired from Israeli warplanes over the Lebanese airspace.
The occupying regime mostly keeps quiet about the attacks on Syrian territories that many view as knee-jerk reaction to Syrian government’s increasing success in confronting terrorism in country.
The Zionist regime’s attacks are thus considered an attempt to prop up foreign-backed terrorist groups suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.
The occupying regime has also been a main supporter of terrorist groups that have opposed the government of President Bashar al-Assad since militancy erupted in Syria in March 2011.
Meanwhile, a senior official with the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, strongly condemned the Zionist regime’s airstrikes against Syria’s province of Hama, saying such acts of aggression are instigated by the bullying and coercion of the United States.
"The attack on the Syrian territories proves that the Zionist project has set the entire Muslim world at its target,” Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network quoted Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem as saying.
He added, "The arrogance of the occupying regime is being fueled by the bullying and coercion of the United States in addition to the actions of some parties seeking normalization with the Zionists.”