Syrian Air Defence Repels 'Israeli Air Aggression' Against Aleppo - Report

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S-300 anti-aircraft missile system during the Keys to the Sky international competition held as part of the International Army Games - 2016 at the Ashuluk training ground - Sputnik International
A number of targets were downed by Syrian anti-missile systems following the Israeli air attack against the Sheikh Najar region in Aleppo's northeastern countryside.

According to the reports, Syrian anti-missile systems repelled the air attack, knocking off a series of missiles off target.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported that there was "Israeli air aggression on Sheikh Najar region in Aleppo's northeastern countryside".

Material damage was inflicted by the attack, according to reports.

No details regarding possible casualties were given so far.

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According to reports the strikes hit several areas — Aleppo airport, Sheikh Najar industrial area, Jibrin.

The blasts caused an electrical blackout in Aleppo, Reuters reported.    

"A civilian airport, Jibrin and Sheikh Najjar have been attacked. We are clarifying information on damage and casualties", the spokesperson of Aleppo militia told Sputnik.    

In January 2019 Israel conducted the airstrike that was also repelled by the Syrian anti-missile systems, however, causing damage to a warehouse at Damascus International Airport. The airstrike came after Israeli Air Force planes staged a similar attack on Syria on 25 December, when at least three Syrian Army soldiers were wounded and an ammunition depot near Damascus destroyed. 

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Syria has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and terrorist groups.

The conflict has significantly worsened the humanitarian situation in the Arab Republic and forced millions of people to leave their place of permanent residence or even flee the country.    

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The Russian military carries out regular humanitarian operations across Syria and assists Damascus with the return of refugees.

When the civil war in the country was still in its most active phase, Russia was also assisting Syrian authorities in the settlement of the armed conflict through military support for the government forces.    

After regaining most of the territories seized by terrorists, the Syrian government is now focused on creating favourable conditions for repatriating refugees. Moscow is assisting Damascus in this process, along with providing humanitarian aid to civilians and being a guarantor of the ceasefire.    

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