Syrian regime air defenses on Monday intercepted a new Israeli “aggression” above the capital Damascus, state media said, in the latest wave of attacks that Western intelligence sources have said were Israeli strikes on Iranian-backed targets in Syria.
State television said Israeli missiles had flown over the Syrian Golan Heights where they conducted raids around the capital, and live footage showed blasts across the skies of the capital.
At least seven soldiers were wounded in the attack, a regime military source said.
Heavy material damage was inflicted during the attack, said the source, who did not give details about the wounded soldiers.
Syrian ground defenses were able to shoot down a number of missiles in the vicinity of the area of Sahnaya and the surrounding area of al-Kiswa south of the capital, according to the source.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Israeli rockets had targeted posts manned by regime troops and their Iranian militia allies on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
The bases in eastern, central and southern Syria which Israel had hit in recent months are believed to have a strong presence of Iranian-backed militias, according to intelligence sources and military defectors familiar with the locations.
The Bashar Assad regime never publicly acknowledges that the strikes target Iranian assets in a country where Tehran’s military presence has covered most regime-controlled areas.
Western intelligence sources say Israel’s strikes on Syria are part of a shadow war approved by Washington and part of the anti-Iran policy that has undermined in the last two years Iran’s extensive military power without triggering a major increase in hostilities.
Israel has acknowledged conducting many raids inside Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011.
Israeli defense officials have said in recent months Israel would step up its campaign against Iran in Syria where, with the help of its proxy militias, Tehran has expanded its presence.
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