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Israeli Jets Launch Strikes Against Damascus, Syrian Air Defenses Engaged - State Media

Sputnik News

Kirill Kurevlev

No other details were immediately provided. The country's defense ministry stated that there was a destruction, but it was not clear of which scale. No casualties were reported either. However, the number and type of attacking projectiles has remained unknown.

Israel carried out air strikes in the suburbs of Damascus on Thursday, Syria's state news agency SANA reported.

According to the news agency's reporter, the explosions were heard in the sky in the western part of the city.

The outlet, citing sources in the military, said that the Israeli jets carried out "an air aggression" from the north of the occupied Golan Heights, and that the targets of the airstrike were situated the western suburbs of Damascus.

A video allegedly showing the execution of an air raid by Israeli fighters has surfaced on social media. According to the video's description, shortly before explosions were heard over Syria, the jets were spotted in the sky of northern Israel.

According to an Al-Arabiya report, the Israeli raid targeted Iranian air defense installations that had recently arrived in the region.

Later, on social media, unconfirmed reports said that at least one impact had been reported west of Damascus, with places like Ras Al-Ain and Al-Dimas being popular targets.

Moreover, a drone was reportedly seen in the area where the strike have been conducted, as it might have reportedly conducted reconnaissance or corrected the strike.

In early March, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets launched an attack on Syria with eight cruise missiles, seven of which were destroyed, according to the Russian military. The Syrian media reported back then that Israeli planes targeted multiple places near Damascus at about 5 am local time, while in Lebanese airspace. In total, two civilians were killed.

Israel targets Syria on a regular basis, claiming that its operations are geared at opposing the Iranian military presence in the Arab republic. Such strikes are considered infringement of Syrian national sovereignty by Damascus.

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