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Damascus (GPA) – For at least the third year in a row, Israel has launched attacks against Syria on Christmas. Every year, the attack also violates Lebanese sovereignty in some way.

Israeli jets reportedly buzzed over Beirut at a low altitude around midnight terrorizing residents attempting to enjoy their Christmas celebrations after a devastating year — a flagrant violation of Lebanese airspace and sovereignty. According to the San Diego Tribune, Beirut residents also reported witnessing missiles over the densely populated city.

Israeli jets causing great amount of noise in #Beirut, #Lebanon — residents in panic #Syria #Israelpic.twitter.com/srKB8KOGSU

— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) December 24, 2020

Moments later, the Syrian Ministry of Defense issued a statement explaining that Israel launched a series of rockets targeting the town of Masyaf in western Syria near the Mediterranean Sea and the Lebanese border.

Masyaf boasts a large Christian population who were no doubt terrified while celebrating Christmas at the time of the attack.

The Syrian government says it managed to repel the attack, which it says came from Lebanon’s city of Tripoli, using its air defense systems.

Based on reports, it appears Israel launched tonight’s attack from warplanes over Lebanese airspace.

Israel has made it a tradition to attack Syria on Christmas while violating Lebanon’s sovereignty and jeopardizing civilian safety as well.

In 2018, an Israeli fighter jet used two commercial planes destined for Beirut as cover while it launched airstrikes against Syrian targets on Christmas.

The 2018 Christmas attack involved over 20 missiles striking various parts of Damascus, Syria’s capital and most densely populated city.

In 2019, Israeli warplanes launched a similar attack striking Damascus targets late on December 23. Syrian air defense systems managed to intercept the missiles.

An Israeli Tradition: Bombing Syria on Christmas — Geopolitics Alert

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