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05 Feb 2020 | 06:05 PM UTC

Syria: Air defense systems activated over Damascus February 6

Syrian air defense systems reportedly activate over Damascus early February 6; multiple explosions reported in the area

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Event

Air defense systems around the capital Damascus were reportedly activated during the early morning hours (local time) of Thursday, February 6. According to Syrian state media, multiple “hostile targets” were intercepted near the capital. Explosions were reported around Damascus, but no casualties or damages have been confirmed as of 02:00. Details are still emerging.

Context

While no group immediately claimed responsibility for the strikes, the Israeli military has struck more than 200 targets in Syria over the past two years, many of which have been arms depots and military facilities allegedly receiving arms and fighters from Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group.

Advice

Individuals in Damascus are advised to monitor developments, seek shelter, avoid nonessential travel and affected areas, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.