Five Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli airstrike on Damascus

War monitor says the shelling targeted sites where Iran-backed groups are stationed near Damascus airport



A bulldozer working on a damaged runway of the Damascus International Airport, which was hit by an Israeli airstrike, in Damascus, Syria, June 12. — AP file
A bulldozer working on a damaged runway of the Damascus International Airport, which was hit by an Israeli airstrike, in Damascus, Syria, June 12. — AP file

By AFP

Published: Sat 17 Sep 2022, 2:58 AM

An Israeli airstrike near Damascus airport killed five Syrian soldiers on Saturday, Syrian state media said.

“The aggression led to the death of five soldiers and some material damage,” Syria’s official news agency Sana quoted a military source as saying.

The strike carried out at approximately 00:45am (2145 GMT Friday) came “from the northeastern direction of Lake Tiberias, targeting Damascus airport and some points south of Damascus,” it added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the Israeli shelling targeted sites where Iran-backed groups are stationed near Damascus airport and in the Damascus countryside.

An Israeli strike in the countryside around the capital Damascus and south of coastal Tartus province killed three soldiers last month.

In the past month, Israeli airstrikes have twice targeted Aleppo airport.

The rights monitor, which relies on a wide network of sources inside Syria, said at the time that those strikes had targeted weapons depots belonging to Iran-backed militias.

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes against its northern neighbour, targeting government troops as well as allied Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters.

While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes, it has acknowledged carrying out hundreds.

It says its air campaign is necessary to stop arch-foe Iran gaining a foothold on its doorstep.


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