On Saturday, the Israeli military launched airstrikes on the Syrian city of Damascus that resulted in the death of at least three people, according to reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) in London. SOHR, a non-governmental association with a network of information sources in Syria, stated that many people were wounded in the attack on the neighborhood where mansions of members of the army and high-ranking officials are located.
The Syrian state news agency, Sana, cited a military source who announced that Israel carried out an air aggression targeting several locations near Damascus at around midnight. 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 missile attacks without specifying who was behind them. Militant groups such as Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian armed groups are present in the area.
Since 2011, when the Syrian civil war began, Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks against these groups backed by Iran. The Israeli military has stepped up attacks on these groups since October when war broke out between Israel and Hamas. Iran is an ally of the Syrian President’s government and a key sponsor of Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Israel says it will not allow Iran’s presence to strengthen in Syria.