Syrian state media say the country’s air force has responded to missiles fired from Israel towards the suburbs of the capital Damascus
BEIRUT – Syria’s air force responded on Saturday to missiles fired from Israel at the suburbs of the capital Damascus and wounded two soldiers, the Syrian military said.
Syria’s state news agency SANA quoted a statement from an unnamed military official as saying that the air force shot down several incoming ground-to-ground missiles from northern Israel just before noon, which also caused damage in the area.
Israel conducts raids in Syria mostly at night and rarely comments on individual attacks.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor from the Syrian opposition, said the missiles hit northwest Damascus, killing five Iranian-allied militants. The observatory, which relies on a network of on-site activists, said it was not clear whether those killed were Syrians or foreigners.
There was no official word on deaths.
The observatory said the target was a shipment of weapons and ammunition en route to Lebanon. It had previously said that the affected areas contained weapons depots for Lebanon’s Hezbollah group and positions of the Syrian military and Iran – backed militias.
Saturday’s attack came days after Syria accused Israel of carrying out an attack in the country’s south without giving details.
Israel has launched hundreds of attacks on Iran-related military targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.
Israel has acknowledged that it is targeting bases of Iran-allied militias, such as the powerful Lebanese militant Hezbollah group. It goes after arms shipments that are believed to be on their way to the group. Hezbollah is fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in the civil war.
Israel considers Iranian fortifications on its northern border a red line, and it has repeatedly hit Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group.