May 15, 2022 08:08 UTC
  • Russia: Syria air defenses shot down 16 of 22 Israeli missiles fired at Hama

The Russian military says Syrian air defense units intercepted most of the missiles fired during a recent Israeli raid on the Arab country’s western-central province of Hama, and shot down more than a dozen projectiles during the attack that had been fired over the Mediterranean.

“Between 20:25 p.m. local time (17:25 GMT) and 20:32 on May 13, six F-15 tactical fighter aircraft of the Israeli air force, without penetrating into the Syrian Arab Republic’s airspace, attacked the facilities of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) in the city of Masyaf and the port of Baniyas,” Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, Deputy Head of Russia’s Reconciliation Center for Syria, said in a statement.

He noted that Russian-made surface-to-air missile systems, which are in service with the Syrian Armed Forces, managed to destroy 16 missiles as well as an unmanned aerial vehicle at the time.

The Russian defense official said the Israeli airstrikes killed three Syrian military personnel and two civilians, and left two Syrian servicemen injured.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing a military source, reported that Israeli aircraft fired several missiles at some areas in the central part of the country at 23:20 p.m. local time (17:20 GMT) on Friday, but most of the projectiles were intercepted and destroyed before hitting any of their targets.

The source stressed that the latest aggression by the occupying Israeli regime also killed five people and injured seven others, including a child, and resulted in “material losses.”