A soldier was injured after Israeli airstrikes on Damascus, Syrian state media reported, describing a rare daytime attack following a series of bombings in the capital and other cities over the past last weeks.
Syrian air defenses activated to repel the attack around 2 p.m. local time on Monday, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), which quoted an unnamed military official.
“The Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault with rockets from the north of the occupied Palestinian territories, targeting certain points near the city of Damascus”, the source said, adding that “a number” missiles were shot down but the attack “resulted in the injury of a soldier and material losses.”
A local media shared a photo purporting to show the attack in progress, with smoke trails seen as air defense munitions facing incoming missiles.
Although such strikes are rarely carried out during the day, Israeli warplanes have repeatedly bombed targets inside Syria during the country’s decade-long struggle against jihadist rebels, the former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu having once acknowledged “hundreds” strikes over the years. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did not confirm the attack reported on Monday and generally refrains from commenting despite persistent allegations from Damascus.
State media reported a similar airstrike last Friday, citing a military official who said a barrage of Israeli rockets targeted sites in the capital. They added that most had been shot down, but said the attack had caused some “Material” damage.
Another recent attack on Israel left five Syrian soldiers dead, while the IDF has bombed international airports in Damascus and Aleppo on more than one occasion since the summer.
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