Syria reports Israeli missile strike near capital Damascus


DAMASCUS, Syria – Syrian air defenses were activated in the capital Damascus and its southern suburbs on Sunday night to repel an Israeli missile attack, state media reported. There was no news of casualties.

State television quoted an anonymous military official as saying that most of the Israeli missiles were shot down before hitting their targets near Damascus.

Israel has launched hundreds of attacks on Iranian-linked military targets in Syria over the years, but it rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel views the Iranian entrenchment on its northern border as a red line and has repeatedly targeted Iranian-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah.

The attack comes after the United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.

The Pentagon said the attacks were in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed a civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops.

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