| 27 May 2024, Monday |

Syria says Israeli air strikes target areas near Damascus

Early on Friday, Israel carried out air attacks near Damascus, triggering Syrian air defenses but causing no casualties, according to Syrian official media. This was the second such attack in just over two weeks.

The Israeli military has not responded to the report.

According to a Syrian military source published by state media, Syrian air defenses knocked down the majority of Israeli missiles, causing very little damage in the 1:26 a.m. attack.

The Israeli army said a surface-to-air missile launched from Syrian territory towards Israeli air space had exploded over the Mediterranean Sea and residents in central Israel had located several fragments of the projectile on the ground.

Many residents of central Israel reported hearing a large explosion at the time Syria reported the strike.

Blasts were also heard in Lebanon, from whose air space the attack was launched, a Lebanese security source said.

Israel has for several years been mounting attacks on what it has described as Iranian-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have established a presence since deploying to help President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict that erupted in 2011.

Syrian television broadcast footage of air defenses firing on targets.

In a statement broadcast on state television, a Syrian military source said, “The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction southeast of Beirut, targeting several areas in the neighborhood of the city of Damascus.”

Syria says an Israeli air strike hit locations near Damascus and Homs on Aug. 19.

  • Reuters