Claimed image of an Israeli airstrike near Damascus, Syria, February 14, 2021
Another wave of Israeli missile strikes has been reported near Syria’s cities of Damascus and Homs.
An Assad regime military official told Syrian State news agency SANA of the attacks just after 11 p.m. As usual, the regime claimed most of the missiles had been downed.
Unconfirmed reports said the strikes targeted weapons depots and positions of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, a vital ally of the regime. No casualties were reported, and the Israel Defense Forces followed its standard practice of issuing no comment.
Videos released by SANA showed missiles moving across the sky. Damascus residents reported hearing at least five loud explosions over 15 minutes.
On Tuesday, the IDF carried out two missile strikes on an Assad regime army base and a Hezbollah outpost in the Golan Heights in southwest Syria. A Syrian pro-opposition source claimed the office of the regime’s 90th Brigade commander, Brig. Gen. Hussein Hamoush, was targeted.
Hours later, the Israelis dropped leaflets warning Assad regime soldiers against cooperation with Hezbollah: “Be careful with your actions, you are being watched through a microscope….You are responsible for your actions, and Hezbollah is responsible for your suffering.”
Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against regime, Hezbollah, and Iranian targets since the Syrian uprising began in 2011. The aerial assault has escalated since April; however, Thursday’s strikes were the first significant action since mid-July.