Report: Israeli Missiles Strike Target Near Damascus

YERUSHALAYIM -
Smoke rises in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, on Oct. 30, following what Syrian state media said was an Israeli airstrike. (AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)

Syria’s military said that Israel carried out an air raid that hit a military post on the outskirts of the capital of Damascus early Wednesday, causing material damage.

It was the second Israeli attack to target areas near the capital in four days. A rare attack during the day on the weekend left five fighters loyal to Iran dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A Syrian military statement on state media said the aerial attack early Wednesday came from northern Israel and targeted a military post in the town of Zakia, in the western Damascus countryside. It offered no further details.

Israel carries out raids on Syria mostly during nighttime. Wednesday’s raid occurred shortly after midnight, Syria’s military said.

There has been an increase in reported Israeli attacks in recent weeks.

The IDF has staged hundreds of strikes on Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel has acknowledged, however, that it is targeting bases of Iran-allied militias, such as the powerful Lebanese terrorist Hezbollah group. It is going after arms shipments believed to be bound for the group.

Israel says Iranian presence on its northern frontier is a red line, and it has repeatedly struck what it has described as Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys.