Israel launches airstrikes on the outskirts of Damascus

The Syrian army announced that its air defenses were able to shoot down Israeli missiles fired at rural areas of Damascus on Saturday morning, the second attack of its kind in less than a day.

The army said in a statement that the attack caused some material damage.

Syria indicated earlier on Friday that its air defenses had shot down two drones in the western suburbs during an attack launched from the Golan Heights. However, Syria did not explicitly blame Israel for the attack.

For its part, the Israeli military confirmed that it does not comment on reports published by foreign media.

Since December, Israeli strikes on Syria have killed more than six members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, including a senior intelligence general.

In recent years, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, mostly targeting targets linked to Iran and Hezbollah, including arms and ammunition depots, military shipments, as well as Syrian army sites.

But these attacks witnessed an uptick following the outbreak of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, following the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation launched by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on settlements around the Gaza Strip last October 7.

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