| 9 February 2023, Thursday |

Israel rains missiles on Damascus, but most were intercepted: Syrian state media

Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted a military source saying that Syrian air defense intercepted Israeli missiles south of Damascus on Monday, with no casualties reported.
“The Israeli enemy carried out an airstrike from the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting points south of Damascus,” with Syria’s air defense intercepting most of the missiles, SANA quoted the military source as saying.
“The losses were limited to material damage.”
An AFP correspondent in the capital Damascus heard loud noises in the evening.
Last month, Israeli surface-to-surface missiles killed at least three Syrian officers near Damascus, according to war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Israeli strikes had targeted Iranian positions and weapon depots near Damascus, the monitor said.
Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes against its neighbor, targeting government troops as well as allied Iran-backed forces and fighters of Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes, it has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of them.
The Israeli military has defended them as necessary to prevent its arch-foe Iran from gaining a foothold on its doorstep.
The conflict in Syria has killed nearly half a million people and forced around half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.

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