İrem UZUN -TDO- At least three civilians were killed, including one child, and four others injured after the missiles hit residential areas near the Syrian capital, Syrian SANA news agency said on Monday. Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon have fired missiles towards Damascus, the Syrian military said, claiming the country's air defence shot them down. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, four injured people were the members of pro-Iranian militia.
The military statement said the attack took place around dawn. It gave no further details about the attack or what it targeted specifically. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit targets belonging to Iran and its regional proxies, including Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah. SANA news agency said shrapnel from the Israeli missiles hit homes in the Damascus suburbs. Israel did not comment on the Syrian report. In recent months, Israeli officials have expressed concern that Hezbollah is trying to establish production facilities to make precision guided missiles. Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces in Syria are fighting alongside Syrian government forces. Israel has also in the past used Lebanon’s airspace to launch attacks on Syria.
The airstrike is the fourth in Syria in less than a month, despite the coronavirus pandemic gripping the region, and comes amid rising tensions between Israel and Hezbollah group in Syria as well as along the Lebanon-Israel border. Israel frequently violates Lebanon’s airspace to launch attacks on Syria, and regularly flies reconnaissance missions over the country.