Syria says Israeli missile strikes hit targets near Damascus

The Israeli military attacked targets using ground-to-ground missiles near the Syrian capital Damascus early Wednesday morning, Syrian media reported.

The news agency SANA said the missiles hit places in the Zakia region outside Damascus, causing “material damage” shortly before noon. 1 Wednesday. The outcome provided no details on the targets hit and there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Syrian media reported that the attack was carried out with ground-to-ground missiles fired from northern Israel, similar to an alleged Israeli attack carried out earlier in the week.

There were no comments from the Israeli Defense Forces, in line with its ambiguity policy regarding its activities in Syria.

Israel’s alleged use of ground-to-surface missiles – instead of ammunition fired from aircraft – has been linked to a recent meeting between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin, one of the main allies of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, which has supplied much of Damascus’ air defense system. To avoid bothering Russia and its military technology, Israel reportedly agreed to rely less on air strikes, which had repeatedly defeated Russian batteries.

The reported attack comes about three days after the Israeli military bombed a number of places around Damascus in a rare daytime attack, according to Syrian media, which allegedly targeted advanced weapons on its way to the Hezbollah terrorist group and other Iranian representatives.

SANA said these attacks were carried out using ground-to-ground missiles fired from northern Israel, and that explosions were heard in the landscape around the Syrian capital.

Attacks were reported in the areas of al-Dimas, Qudsaya and al-Mezzah military air base – all located west of Damascus. Although not unheard of, daytime attacks on Syrian targets are relatively rare.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition pro-opposition group, said Saturday’s raid killed at least five pro-Iranian fighters and wounded others. The nationality of those killed was not immediately known.

According to the observatory and reports in Syrian media, the attack was aimed at advanced weapons and ammunition depots belonging to Hezbollah, Iranian forces and allied militias.

There were no comments from the Israeli defense forces, in line with its policy of only publicly acknowledging attacks that are in response to attacks from Syria.

The targets of the attack were all located in areas known to host Syrian air defenses as well as weapons depots.

Israeli officials have expressed growing concern about the proliferation of Iranian-made surface-to-air missile systems in Syria, as well as the Syrian military’s improved air defense capabilities, which have made it more difficult for the IDF to operate across Syria.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes inside Syria during the country’s civil war, targeting what it says are suspected arms shipments believed to be on its way to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group fighting alongside Syrian government forces.

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