Syria Says Israeli Missiles Target Sites Near Damascus

Smoke rises in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, in 2021, following what Syrian state media said was an Israeli airstrike. (AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian army air defenses on Sunday confronted an Israeli missile strike on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said. There were no casualties.

Citing a Syrian military source, state media said missile strikes coming from the direction of the Israeli Golan Heights had targeted several sites it did not identify.

“Our air defenses confronted the aggressors’ missiles and downed some of them with only material losses,” the Syrian military source said.

The IDF declined comment.

Israel has for years carried out attacks on what it has described as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran’s influence has grown since it began supporting President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war that started in 2011.

“There is a clear policy of preventing Iran from entrenching in Syria, from building an infrastructure that threatens Israel, a terrorist infrastructure that seeks to turn the quiet Golan Heights border into a war-fighting border,” Security Cabinet minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio.

Fighters allied to Iran, including from Lebanon’s Hezbollah, now hold sway in vast areas in eastern, southern and northwestern Syria, and in several suburbs around the capital.

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