“At approximately 23:05 (20:05 GMT) today, the Israeli enemy launched airstrikes from the occupied Syrian Golan targeting targets in the southern region,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“Our air defense intercepted hostile targets near Damascus,” the official Syrian agency SANA wrote earlier. “The Israeli attack targeted the neighborhoods of the capital Damascus,” state television added.
Israel rarely comments on strikes targeting Syria but has repeatedly said it will not allow its arch-enemy Iran, which backs President Bashar al-Assad's government, to expand its presence there.
Israel was cautious before the October 7 attack: “Getting information is one thing, giving importance to it is another.”
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attacks targeted the Sweda region, a Syrian air defense position in the south and the vicinity of Damascus International Airport.
The attack came less than 24 hours after flights resumed near the airport, which was suspended by an Israeli attack in late November hours after it reopened following similar attacks last month, the London-based NGO said. In Syria.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes on its northern neighbor since Syria's civil war began in 2011, mainly targeting Iranian-backed forces, including Lebanese ayatollah militias and military positions.
But amid rising tensions in the Middle East, Israel and Hamas have stepped up their attacks since the war between Israel and Hamas began on October 7.
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