The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday that eight people were killed in an alleged Israeli missile strike on Damascus.
Earlier, Syrian air defenses detected an Israeli missile strike on Damascus, the Syrian capital, Syrian state media reported, while military deserters said the missiles could be aimed at Iran-backed militias.
“Syrian air defenses have intercepted Israeli aggression coming from Lebanese airspace,” state media reported. Earlier, state media reported that large explosions were heard.
The incident came nearly a month after Syrian state television reported that an Israeli helicopter had opened fire on a home in the Syrian Golan Heights, days after it reported a similar attack by an Israeli helicopter in Quneitra. Also early last month, Syrian state media reported that Israel had fired rockets at cities near Latakia, a stronghold of the regime and the site of a Russian air base, killing one person and injuring six.
In late April, Syria attributed to Israel an attack near Damascus, and that night an anti-aircraft missile fired from Syria at an Israeli jet exploded near Dimona in southern Israel. The Israeli military said the missile, which fired air-raid sirens near the country̵
Western intelligence sources said last year’s intensified Israeli strikes on Syria were part of a US-approved shadow war. The strikes are also part of an anti-Iranian policy that has undermined Iran’s vast military power over the past two years without causing a significant increase in hostilities.
Intelligence sources said that in the last year, Israel has expanded its targets throughout Syria, where thousands of Iranian-backed militias have been involved in rebuilding much of the territory lost by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to rebels in nearly a decade of civil war.