Syrian defence systems thwarted an Israeli air attack yesterday in the south of the country, state media said, citing a military source.
“Our air defence systems thwarted an Israeli air aggression and prevented it from achieving any of its goals,” the source told state news agency SANA. It gave no further details.
An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment.
Earlier on Sunday, state TV reported a large explosion in a southern neighborhood of the capital, Damascus.
It said the morning blast, which happened during rush hour on the first working day of the week, appeared to have been “a terrorist act”.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP news agency that the explosion struck near a military intelligence office in Damascus.
“The explosion took place near a security branch in the south of the city. There are some people killed and injured but we could not verify the toll immediately,” the monitor said in a statement.
It was unclear if the blast was caused by a bomb that was planted or a suicide attack, the monitor said, adding that shooting followed the explosion.