Israel strikes hit near Damascus

AFP , Wednesday 14 Jun 2023

Israel carried out air strikes near Damascus early Wednesday, wounding a Syrian soldier, state news agency SANA said.

FILE - An Israeli F-16 warplane takes off to a mission in Lebanon from an air force base in northern Israel. AP


Explosions were heard in the Syrian capital early Wednesday, an AFP correspondent reported.

"At around 01:05 am (2205 GMT), the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial aggression from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights targeting several positions southwest of Damascus," SANA cited a military source as saying.

The source did not provide details on the targets and said the strikes "severely wounded" a soldier and caused material damage.

Syria's air defence intercepted some of the Israeli missiles, the source added.

The Israeli strikes targeted "arms depots belonging to pro-Iran fighters, and caused a fire," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor that relies on a vast network of sources on the ground.

During more than a decade of war in Syria, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on its territory.


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