On Saturday, Israeli airstrikes targeted the Syrian city of Damascus, killing at least three people and injuring a large number of others, according to reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) based in London. The non-governmental association has sources throughout Syria and stated that the attack occurred in a neighborhood that houses mansions belonging to members of the army and high-ranking officials.
The Syrian state news agency, Sana, cited a military source who said that Israeli forces carried out an air aggression targeting several locations near Damascus after midnight on Saturday. Air defense systems were able to intercept some rockets, but others caused material damage. SOHR also reported that on Friday, an attack took place at the Mazza military airport west of Damascus, but they did not specify who was behind the missile strike. Militant groups such as Lebanese Shia pro-Iranian Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian armed groups are present in the area.
Israel has been carrying out hundreds of attacks against these groups since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011. The Israeli military has stepped up its attacks on armed groups backed by Iran since last October’s war with Hamas began. Iran is an ally of the Syrian President’s government and a key sponsor of Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Israel claims it will not allow Iran’s presence to strengthen in Syria.