At least five Syrian soldiers and four Iranian-backed militiamen were killed in airstrikes conducted by Israeli forces near Damascus early Wednesday, a deadliest such attack since the start of 2022.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the Israeli missile attacks hit arms depots used by Iranian-backed groups and its outposts in the vicinity of Sahnaya, Jabal Alsumariah near the 100th regiment and the mountain near Damascus International Airport.
“In total nine military personnel, five Syrian soldiers, and four Iranian-backed militiamen, were killed and eight other received injuries,” SOHR said in a statement.
State-news agency SANA, had earlier reported that four Syrian soldiers were killed and three others wounded in the attack.
Quoting a military source, SANA said that the “Israeli enemy launched an aerial act of aggression with bursts of missiles from the direction of Tiberias,” targeting several positions around Damascus.
This is the tenth Israeli attack on Syrian territory since early 2022, according to SOHR, which said its activists reported hearing over 12 explosions in Damascus and its countryside due to Israeli shelling.
There has been no immediate comment available from the Israeli army on matter.
Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes since the outburst of civil war in Syrian in 2011, mainly targeting Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, demining it necessary to prevent its arch-foe Iran from gaining a foothold near to its border though Hezbollah militants.
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