Israel carried out air strikes in Syria after midnight on Wednesday, attacking targets near Damascus and wounding four soldiers, Syrian state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks attributed to the Jewish state.
State news agency SANA said Syrian air defenses had engaged Israeli missiles near the capital Damascus, without giving details of the targets.
SANA said the missiles were fired from the Golan Heights and Lebanese airspace, injuring four soldiers and causing “some material losses”.
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“Our air defenses intercepted the attack and shot down most of the missiles,” a military source told SANA. Defense analysts routinely dismiss these claims by the Syrian regime as empty ostentations.
Al-Manar TV of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah said one of Syria’s air defense missiles exploded near the Lebanon-Syria border and was heard in parts of southern Lebanon. He later said that the missile landed near the Lebanese border village of Houla.
The Israeli Defense Forces have not commented on the nightly attacks, in line with their policy of not confirming or denying their operations in Syria, except those launched in retaliation for an attack by Israel’s northern neighbor.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain, said the air strikes targeted “military positions” near Damascus.
They later added that the attacks hit various locations near the city and “destroyed an Iranian-owned arms depot”.
This was the first Israeli attack reported in almost a month, since an alleged attack on arms depots near Damascus airport.
In February, Israeli attacks also targeted the area of Damascus International Airport, through which Iran was flying with advanced ammunition, as well as military sites around the Damascus suburb of el-Kisweh, a former Iranian base of operations.
The attacks came days after drones allegedly bombed a shipment of advanced weapons that were being transported through Iraq to eastern Syria by Iranian representatives.
The IDF has launched hundreds of attacks in Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011 against movements by Iran to establish a permanent military presence in the country and efforts to transport advanced and revolutionary weapons to terrorist groups in the region, mainly Hezbollah.
Tensions have been high in the Middle East in recent months, while Iran and the United States vie for positions before the nuclear talks.