Alleged Israeli Airstrikes in Damascus Target Iranian Assets

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Late Wednesday night, Israeli airstrikes reportedly targeted several areas in southern Syria, including the Sayyida Zeinab region near Damascus, resulting in the deaths of two individuals and the injury of a soldier from the Assad regime forces, according to state media.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), citing a military source, reported that “Israel launched an air attack from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting several points in the southern region.” The source claimed that Syrian army air defenses responded to the missiles, but the bombing still caused fatalities, injuries, and material damage.

Meanwhile, the Voice of the Capital, a local news outlet, indicated that the airstrike targeted the headquarters of the Iranian Jihad al-Binaa organization in Sayyida Zeinab. This location, according to the sources, is utilized by Iranian militias for temporary weapon storage and military meetings, leading to speculation that the strike was aimed at disrupting Iranian military operations.

In addition to the attack on Sayyida Zeinab, local sources in Suwayda reported that the Israeli airstrikes also hit the Tal Sahn radar site, a position occupied by Iranian militias in the village of Malah in the southern countryside of Suwayda. However, the extent of the damage at this location remains undetermined, as Syrian Turkey-based news outlet Syria TV noted that there was no official statement from the Assad regime about this particular strike.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based monitoring group, provided further details, stating that three people, including a woman, were killed and 11 others were injured in the attack on Sayyida Zeinab. SOHR also reported explosions and visible smoke at the targeted sites, underscoring the significant impact of the airstrikes.

Wednesday night’s incident is part of a broader pattern of Israeli airstrikes in Syria over recent years, primarily aimed at Iranian and Hezbollah targets. These attacks have targeted warehouses, weapon shipments, and military positions associated with the Assad regime. The frequency of these strikes increased notably after October 7, coinciding with heightened Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip. However, they saw a decline following an April bombing that targeted a building connected to the Iranian embassy in Damascus, resulting in the deaths of seven members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, including two senior officers.


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