The Iranian militias have given the green light to activate the air defense system composed of four batteries in Damascus to intercept any upcoming Israeli strikes, reliable sources in Syria said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed that the militias’ leaders were ordered to limit their movement in Syrian territories, fearing Israeli strikes.
The Iranian militias exploited the destructive earthquake that hit parts of Syria and the access to humanitarian aid in order to deliver the air defense system to the regime.
The cost of the Iranian system is less than that of the Russian S-300 missile system.
SOHR added that the Iranian system had passed through the al-Boukamal crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
More Iranian missiles are expected and would be placed at the security and military sites in Aleppo, Latakia and Deir Ezzor.
Israel targeted several Iranian sites in Syria, where the Iranian militias have been deployed in recent years, to prevent Iran from expanding and to ban the smuggling of weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Some of the sites are close to Damascus and its civil airport.