Israel confirmed early Monday that its military invaded Iranian targets in Syria, in a rare statement of such an operation. "We are warning the Syrian armed forces not to try to harm Israeli forces or territory."
The military statement was issued a few hours after Israeli missile defense held an incoming missile over the Golan Heights as a result of the rare daily air raid near Damascus International Airport.
The Israeli military initially refused to comment on the air strike, although it is said that a missile fired at Israel's Golan Heights occupied by Israel was captured by Israel's iron dome defense system. According to Syrian government media
the Syrian army said Israel was carrying out intense air strikes and successive waves of steered missiles shortly after 1
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People in Damascus say they heard five explosions early on Sunday afternoon, apparently the sound of air defenses fired into the air. Israel has hit hundreds of targets in Syria related to Iran and the Lebanese military group Hezbollah, including a weapon facility two weeks ago. Iran and Hezbollah are allies of the Syrian government during the civil war. Two hours after the announcement that the Israeli Iron Dome had seized a missile fired at the Golan Heights, Netanyahu, who is currently visiting Chad. "We have a certain policy: to harm the Iranian retreat in Syria and to harm anyone who is trying to harm us."
Earlier on Sunday, the roadside bomb went south of Damascus; the degree of damage and possible injury is unclear. The United Kingdom-based Syrian Human Rights Watch, which closely monitors the Syrian war, said the bomb was targeted at the "security person" she did not identify. Observer Chief Rami Abdurrahman said it was unclear whether the individual had been killed or injured.
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Attacks were rare in Damascus, as Syrian government forces conquered the last quarters held by rebels and the suburbs of the capital last year. The bombings left hundreds dead during the nearly eight-year civil war.
In the northern Syrian city of Aphrien, a blast on a bus kills at least three people and wounds another nine people. Associated Press contributed to this report.