On Saturday, the Israeli military launched airstrikes on the Syrian city of Damascus that resulted in the deaths of at least three people, according to reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) based in London. SOHR, a non-governmental association with a network of information sources in Syria, stated that numerous people were wounded in the attack on the neighborhood where members of the army and high-ranking officials reside.
The Syrian state news agency, Sana, cited a military source who announced that Israeli forces carried out an air aggression targeting several locations near Damascus. The air defense systems intercepted some rockets while others caused material damage. SOHR also reported that on Friday, the Mazza military airport west of Damascus was targeted by an attack without identifying who was responsible for the missile strike. Militant groups like Lebanese Shia pro-Iranian Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian armed groups are present in the area.
Since 2011 when the Syrian civil war began, Israel has conducted hundreds of attacks against these groups backed by Iran. The Israeli military has intensified attacks on armed groups supported by Iran since last October’s war with Hamas began. Iran is an ally of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s government and a significant sponsor of Lebanon’s Hezbollah. According to Israel, it will not tolerate Iran’s strengthening presence in Syria.