In recent years, Israel has conducted numerous strikes on locations situated in areas of Syria that are controlled by the government, such as the airports in Damascus and Aleppo. However, Israel rarely confirms specific attacks. Israel claims that it aims to strike bases belonging to militant groups aligned with Iran, such as Hezbollah from Lebanon, which has deployed a large number of fighters to support the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Last week, an Israeli airstrike on Aleppo’s airport caused it to be non-operational for two days. In addition to airports, Israel has targeted seaports in regions controlled by the government in an apparent effort to hinder Iranian arms shipments to militant groups supported by Tehran, including Hezbollah.
Syrian media reported that Israel launched air strikes in the Damascus region early Thursday, wounding two soldiers and causing material damage.
Strong explosions were heard over the Syrian capital at around 1:30 a.m., with the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) saying Syrian air defenses were “facing enemy targets.” SANA quoted an unidentified military official as saying that air defenses shot down some of the missiles.