Israeli warplanes bombed targets in Damascus

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At least four Syrian soldiers were wounded in an Israeli airstrike against targets on the outskirts of Damascus, according to a statement from staff quoted by the state-run SANA news agency.

Earlier, the agency and state television broadcast that Syrian air defense units repel “Israeli attack” launched by aircraft from Lebanese airspace and the occupied Golan Heights.

Damascus residents said they heard at least one loud explosion.

The attack caused “material damage” and “four soldiers were injured,” an official told SANA. The air defenses “shot down most” of the rockets fired by the Israeli fighters, according to the agency.

He did not specify what the targets of the raid were.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based NGO, initially said the strikes targeted “military positions” near Damascus.

He later noted that several military positions had been hit near the Syrian capital and that “a weapons depot belonging to Iranians had been destroyed.”

Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes in Syria since the outbreak of war in the country in 2011, targeting Iranian forces, Tehran-backed paramilitary groups, particularly the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, and the army.

Iran and Hezbollah militarily support the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israeli authorities rarely confirm that they conducted military operations in Syrian territory. In 2020, the Israeli armed forces hit about 50 targets in Syria, according to the Israeli army’s annual report released in late December, without providing details about the operation.

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