Iran Revolutionary Guards officers Panah Taqizadeh (L) and Mohammad Ali Ataee Shoorcheh, killed in an Israeli missile strike near Damascus, December 2, 2023
UPDATE, DEC 2:
Iran’s officials have confirmed that two Revolutionary Guards officers were killed in an Israeli airstrike inside Syria.
A Guards statement did not give details of the attack. The Assad regime’s military said earlier on Saturday that Israel had fired missiles, from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, on targets near Damascus.
The military made the template assertion that most of the missiles had been downed, but acknowledged “some material damage”.
A long-time analyst of the Syrian conflict posted that the Israelis again struck Assad and Iranian position near the Sayyada Zeinab district and Damascus International Airport.
Syria: this was Damascus last night amidst accelerated pace of Israeli airstrikes since few months.
Last night Israel bombed again SE. outskirts of the Capital: the area between S. Zeinab district & the international airport (itself put out of service last week). pic.twitter.com/pY081V59kX
— QalaatM (@QalaatM) December 2, 2023
UPDATE, OCT 25:
Israeli airstrikes have killed at least eight Assad regime troops in Daraa Province in southern Syria.
Seven soldiers were wounded in the attack about 1:45 a.m. from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
The Israeli military said it carried out the strikes on “military infrastructure and mortar launchers belonging to the Syrian Army”, responding to rocket launches from Syria on Tuesday.
Syria: this is the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes last night around Izraa in Daraa province. An ammo warehouse was among the targets, as the multiple secondary blasts show. At least 8 soldiers killed. pic.twitter.com/pYJ8KefVCB
— QalaatM (@QalaatM) October 25, 2023
UPDATE, OCT 22:
Israel has attacked the Aleppo and Damascus International Airports for the third time in 10 days.
The strikes, damaging runways knocked both airports out of service about 5:35 a.m. Flights were canceled or diverted to the coastal Latakia Province in western Syria.
International airlines were notified that the closures will last for at least two days.
Syrian State media said one civilian worker was killed and another wounded in Damascus.
Israel has stepped up the attacks on the airports to prevent Iran bringing in weapons and supplies for groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
UPDATE, OCT 15:
Israel has carried out its second missile strikes on Assad regime positions at Aleppo International Airport for the second time in three days.
The strikes put the airport out of service late Saturday.
The Assad regime’s Defense Ministry said the attack “from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea” caused material damage.
The airport had just returned to service earlier on Saturday after Thursday’s Israeli “bursts of missiles”.
Damascus International Airport is still closed.
On Sunday, a senior Israeli official accused Iran of deploying weapons in or through Syria, a week after Hamas’s attacks on Israel and the Israeli bombing of Gaza in response.
Joshua Zarka, head of strategic affairs for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, assured that the Israelis are determing to prevent movement of Iranian weapons.
UPDATE, OCT 12:
As Israel responds to Hamas’s attacks by bombing Gaza, it has also struck Assad regime targets in Syria’s Damascus and Aleppo International Airports.
The regime’s military said Israel carried out simultaneous attacks with “bursts of missiles”, damaging the runways and putting both airports out of service.
The Israel Defense Forces followed standard practice of making no comment.
The attacks on the airports — where Iranian forces are also positioned and where Tehran brings in weapons and supplies for the regime and allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah — came a day before Iran Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian visits Damascus.
UPDATE, SEPT 14:
Israel struck Assad regime targets in western Syria on Wednesday, knocking out air defense before reportedly attacking an airbase.
A regime military official said two troops were killed and six wounded near the Mediterranean port city of Tartous. He said air defense systems were targeted in the rare daytime strike.
موقع الهجوم الإسرائيلي على طرطوس pic.twitter.com/3WM6ySLS6n
— faycel (@faycel03) September 13, 2023
Russia’s naval base is in Tartous, and its Hmeimim airbase is in the neighboring Latakia Province.
At night, missiles struck “south of Hama Province” and caused material damage, according to the regime army. It gave no details of the sites.
However, an opposition source said the Israeli targeted the Shayrat military airbase in Homs Province. The base has been used for both conventional and chemical bombing by the regime, including the sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province in April 2017.
UPDATE, AUG 28:
Israel has again struck the Assad regime’s Nayrab military airbase and put the nearby Aleppo International Airport out of service.
A regime military source said the Aleppo airport’s only functioning runway was damaged by Israeli airstrikes from the direction of the Mediterranean at 4:30 a.m. The Transport Ministry’s Suleiman Khalil said, “Maintenance teams will start repair work today to return the airport to service as quickly as possible.”
Flights are being diverted to Damascus and Latakia airports.
The international airport halted operations has halted operations five times since last September after Israeli attacks. Three people were killed during an airstrike on 7 March. Two weeks later, a strike hit a suspected arms depot used by Iran-backed militias. Another attack followed in May.
The Israeli Defense Forces followed standard practice of making no comment.
UPDATE, AUG 7:
The Assad regime’s military says four of its troops were killed and four wounded in an Israeli missile strike near Damascus early Monday.
The military official said the attack caused “some material damage” about 2:20 a.m. but gave no details. He added the standard line that air defenses intercepted some of the Israeli missiles.
Regime outlets identified three of the fatalities as Maj. Issa Taha Hammoud, Lt. Lu’ayy Bassam Muhammad, and Lt. Ahmed Marei.
Unconfirmed reports said that the Israelis hit warehouses near the Damascus International Airport, and that two foreign militiamen assisting Assad forces were slain.
— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) August 7, 2023
ORIGINAL ENTRY, JULY 19: Israeli fighter jets have carried out another set of missile strikes against Assad regime and Iranian targets near Syria’s capital Damascus.
The regime’s military said the attacks were launched from over the Israel-occupied Golan at 12:25 a.m. on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers and causing “material damage”.
It gave no details on the sites that were hit. However, the regime’s social media propagandist Vanessa Beeley said that the al-Dimas airbase, west of Damascus, was targeted.
Claims circulated in early 2022 that al-Dimas was being brought back into service by Iran as a drone training and operations center. Monitors say the base is used by Tehran’s Revolutionary Guards for the storage of weapons.
Beeley and other activists also said the regime’s Research and Development Center in west Damascus was struck, and that missiles were fired on Damascus International Airport, where both the regime and Iranian militaries have facilities.
Syrian Ministry of Defense || Military source:
Today at 00:25, the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack with bursts of missiles from the northern occupied Syrian Golan, targeting some points in the vicinity of Damascus. pic.twitter.com/6V410YhUzr
— Ibrahim Muhammad (@IbrahimDSY1) July 18, 2023
Israel has regularly carried out missiles since the start of the mass protests against the Assad regime in 2011. The strikes initially sought to limit Iranian transfer of weapons and missiles to the regime. However, with Tehran propping up Assad and the regime military, Israel has escalated the pressure on Iran to curb or even end its presence in Syria.
Wednesday’s airstrikes were the first since July 6, which were also on sites near Damascus.