Claimed image of an Israeli airstrike near Damascus, Syria, February 14, 2021
UPDATE, AUGUST 15:
The latest Israeli strikes on Assad regime and Iranian targets inside Syria have killed at least three regime troops and injured three others, according to Syrian State media.
Missiles landed at 8:50 p.m. on Sunday night on “some points” near the capital Damascus and close to Tartous in western Syria. As usual, the Assad military claimed some of the missiles were downed by air defenses.
The specific targets were not identified. Israel Defense Forces do not usually comment on their operations.
However, “regional intelligence and Syrian military sources” told Reuters that the Israeli attacks near the coastal city of Tartous were on an Iranian base, an air defense system, and a radar station.
Russia’s naval base on the Mediterranean is in the area.
“Two Syrian military defectors familiar with the region” said the strikes near Damascus hit outposts manned by Iran’s Lebanese ally Hezbollah.
ORIGINAL ENTRY, JULY 23: Syrian media say five Assad regime soldiers have been killed and others wounded in the latest Israeli airstrikes on positions near Damascus.
The reports said four strikes, just after midnight on Friday, targeted sites of the regime and pro-Iranian militias and a temporary storage warehouse belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
One Syrian journalist reported that the strike on the Guards complex caused casualties among fighters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah. He said “large numbers” of wounded were taken to the nearby Imam Sadr Hospital.
Pro-opposition Orient News claimed the Israelis targeted an Iranian factory for the manufacture of drones in Set Zaynab in southern Damascus, as well as a gathering of pro-Iranian fighters, killing at least 10 of them.
Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai said only, “The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] operated in Syria last night. We continue to protect our security interests.”
A complaint by the Assad regime’s Foreign Ministry to the UN acknowledged the deaths of three soldiers, injury of seven, and “material losses”.
Israel has stepped up strikes on regime and Iranian targets this year, seeking to prevent transfers of Tehran’s missiles and weapons to allies like Hezbollah. But Friday night’s attack was the first in more than two weeks, when a pro-Assad fighter was killed in a drone strike on Quneitra Province in southwest Syria.
Last month, Israeli attacks reportedly hit Iranian air defense batteries in western Syria near Russia’s main air and naval bases in the country. Strikes near Damascus destroyed runways at the International Airport, closing the complex.