| 23 February 2024, Friday |

Israel Carries Out Strikes Near Damascus

Israel carried out air strikes near Syria’s capital Damascus late Sunday, Syrian state news agency SANA said.

“At around 23:05 (2105 GMT) the Israeli enemy carried out an air assault… targeting various points on the outskirts of Damascus,” a security source told the agency, AFP reported.

“Our anti-aircraft defences shot down some missiles while others caused limited material damage.”

An AFP correspondent reported strong explosions in the suburbs of Damascus, which have been previously targeted by strikes that Syrian authorities have blamed on Israel.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the strikes had targeted “Hezbollah sites” in the Sayeda Zeinab district and near Damascus airport.

The Israeli army declined to comment on the incident, but said separately that shots had been fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel on Sunday evening.

“The army retaliated by targeting the source of the fire. Earlier in the day, we had struck a Hezbollah terrorist cell,” it said in a statement.

Israel’s army chief Herzi Halevi visited his forces near the northern border with Lebanon on Sunday, where he spoke of the need “to kill Hezbollah operatives, to demonstrate our superiority”.

“It can also come in the form of a strike and war,” he said.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat