Syria: A soldier wounded in an Israeli attack targeting the Damascus countryside

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Israeli strikes targeted at least two sites in the Damascus countryside early Sunday morning, one of which was a weapons depot, according to the London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while the Syrian official media announced that a soldier was wounded in an air strike.

For its part, the official Syrian news agency SANA quoted a military source as saying that “at approximately 00:42 after midnight, the Israeli enemy launched an air attack from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting a number of points in the southern region”.

SANA added, “Our air defense media responded to the aggression’s missiles and shot down some of them; The aggression resulted in one soldier being injured and some material losses”.

At the beginning of this month, three people were killed, including a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, as a result of an Israeli raid that targeted the city of Baniyas on the Syrian coast.

This week, the Israeli army announced that it had targeted about 4,500 Hezbollah targets during the past five months in Lebanon and Syria, killing 300 Hezbollah fighters and wounding 750.

Israel rarely comments on specific strikes, but has repeatedly said that it will not allow Iran to establish its military presence in Syria.

Over the past years, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes in Syria, targeting mainly Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah targets, including warehouses and shipments of weapons and ammunition, as well as Syrian army sites.

In light of the impact of the war in the Gaza Strip, Israel intensified the pace of its raids in Syria, particularly targeting groups loyal to Tehran, including Hezbollah.

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