On Saturday, Israeli airstrikes hit the main Syrian city of Damascus, killing at least three people and injuring a large number of people, according to reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) based in London. The attack targeted the neighborhood that houses mansions of members of the army and high-ranking officials.
The Syrian state news agency, Sana, cited a military source who stated that after midnight, the Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression targeting several targets in the vicinity of Damascus. The air defense systems intercepted some rockets, while others caused material damage. SOHR also reported that on Friday, the area of the Mazza military airport, west of Damascus, was targeted by an attack without specifying who was behind it. Militant groups, including the 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 2011 when the Syrian civil war began. The Israeli military has stepped up attacks on armed groups backed by Iran since October when war with Hamas broke out. Iran is an ally of Syria’s President’s government and a key sponsor of Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel claims that it will not allow Iran to strengthen its presence in Syria.