Syria: Israeli air strikes kill six near Damascus, including soldiers

Syria: Israeli air strikes kill six near Damascus, including soldiers
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07 August, 2023
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "four Syrian soldiers including one officer, as well as two Iran-backed fighters were killed in air strikes on Tehran-supported groups' positions and warehouses for ammunition and weapons."
Flares of syrian air defense rockets are seen in the sky of Damascus on April 4, 2023. - Two Syrian civilians were killed in an Israeli air strike, 4 April 2023. [Getty]

Four Syrian soldiers and two Iran-backed fighters were killed in Israeli air strikes near the capital Damascus early Monday, state media said, citing a military source.

"At 2:20 am (2320 GMT Sunday), the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting areas in the vicinity of Damascus," state news agency SANA reported.

Two regime forces and five foreign fighters were wounded in the strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added, saying four of them were in critical condition.

An AFP correspondent in the capital reported hearing the sound of explosions.

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During more than a decade of war in Syria, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on its territory, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters as well as Syrian army positions.

While Israel rarely comments on the strikes it carries out on Syria, it has repeatedly said it will not allow its archfoe Iran to expand its footprint there.

On 19 July, Israeli air strikes near Damascus killed three pro-government fighters and wounded four others, a war monitor said at the time.

SANA had reported two soldiers were wounded in those strikes. It quoted a military source saying the bombing targeted "certain positions in the vicinity of Damascus".

Syria's foreign ministry had condemned that attack "in the strongest terms".

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In a statement carried by SANA, it called on the United Nations and the Security Council to "take immediate action" to oblige Israel "to desist from these criminal policies".

Early last month, state media said Israel had carried out air strikes near the government-held city of Homs.

The Israeli army later said it struck an anti-aircraft battery after rocket fire.

On 14 June, Israel carried out air strikes near Damascus, wounding a soldier, according to SANA.

Previous Israeli strikes have put both Damascus and Aleppo airports out of service.

And in late March and early April, Israel stepped up its strikes on Syria with four raids on government-held areas in less than a week, targeting positions of Syrian government forces and pro-Iran groups.