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Syria says four soldiers were injured in Israeli airstrikes near Damascus



Israel carried out airstrikes in Syria after midnight on Wednesday, attacking targets near Damascus and wounding four soldiers, Syrian state media reported in the latest in a series of attacks attributed to the Jewish state.

The state-run SANA news agency said Syrian air defenses had engaged Israeli missiles near the capital, Damascus, without giving details.

SANA said the missiles were fired from Golan Heights and Lebanese airspace, injuring four soldiers and causing “some material damage”.

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“Our air defenses have intercepted the attack and shot down most of the missiles,”

; SANA quoted a military source as saying. Defense analysts routinely reject such allegations by the Syrian regime as empty praise.

Al-Manar television of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah said that one of the Syrian air defense missiles exploded near the Lebanese-Syrian border and was heard in parts of southern Lebanon. It is later said that the rocket crashed near the Lebanese border village of Hula.

The Israeli Defense Forces did not comment on the night’s strikes, in line with its policy of neither confirming nor denying its operations in Syria, except for those undertaken in response to an attack by Israel’s northern neighbor.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes were aimed at “military positions” near Damascus.

They later added that the strikes had hit several positions near the city and “destroyed an Iranian weapons depot”.

It was the first reported Israeli strike in nearly a month since a reported strike at reported arms depots near Damascus airport.

In February, Israeli strikes also targeted the Damascus International Airport area, where Iran reportedly operated modern munitions as well as military sites around the Damascus suburb of El-Kiswe, a longtime base for Iranian operations.

The strikes came days after drones bombed a shipment of advanced weapons being transported through Iraq to eastern Syria by Iranian agents.

The ISIS has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011 against Iran’s actions to establish a permanent military presence in the country and efforts to transport advanced, game-changing weapons to terrorist groups in the region, mainly Hezbollah.

Tensions have been high in the Middle East in recent months, as Iran and the US jockey take a position ahead of nuclear talks.

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