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At least two dead in Israel strike on Damascus neighbourhood

At least two dead in Israel strike on Damascus neighbourhood
2 min read
21 February, 2024
At least two people have been killed as Israel struck a residential building, allegedly used by Iran, in the Syrian capital of Damascus.
Israel has carried out over a dozen strikes on Assad regime and Iranian targets in Syria [Getty]

An Israeli strike on a residential area of Damascus killed at least two people on Wednesday, Syrian official media reported, the latest fatalities as hostilities increase during Israel's war on Gaza.

"At least two killed", Syria's state TV said, in what it earlier described an "Israeli attack with a number of missiles" that targeted the Kafr Sousa neighbourhood in the capital Damascus.

The Israeli army told AFP it had no comment.

An AFP photographer said the strike hit a nine-storey building whose outside had been partially blackened, with damaged centred around the fourth floor, while nearby cars were also damaged.

Authorities had cordoned off the area, while firefighters were trying to extinguish the subsequent blaze, the photographer said.

Kafr Sousa, a high-security area of the Syrian capital, is home to senior security officials, security branches, intelligence headquarters and an Iranian cultural centre.

Since Syria's civil war broke out in 2011, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on its northern neighbour, mainly targeting Iran-backed forces, including Hezbollah militants as well as Assad regime positions.

The strikes have increased since Israel began its unprecedented assault on Gaza on 7 October.

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On February 10, Israeli air strikes that targeted a building in an upscale area near Damascus killed three people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor.

A day earlier, an area near a military airport west of Damascus came under missile attack, the Observatory had said, while the defence ministry said drones had entered Syrian airspace from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Earlier this month, the Observatory had said seven civilians were among 11 people killed in Israeli air strikes on the central Syrian city of Homs.

The strikes completely levelled a building in one of the city's most affluent districts, and also hit other targets linked to Iran-backed groups, it added.

Israel rarely comments on individual strikes but has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran - which backs Bashar al-Assad's regime and Lebanon's Hezbollah - to expand its presence in Syria.