Israeli missile attack targets areas near Damascus

Regional diplomatic and intelligence sources told Reuters that Israel has intensified attacks on Syrian airports – including Damascus International Airport – to disrupt Iran’s increasing use of aerial supply lines to deliver weapons to allies in Syria and Lebanon, particularly Hezbollah.

An Israeli missile strike near Damascus on Monday afternoon is rare, a Syrian military source said.

Iran has deployed forces to Syria to assist Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his battle against armed rebels since 2011, and Israel has regularly struck Iranian and Iran-backed targets there.

A military source said “bursts of rockets” hit areas around Damascus in the early afternoon. Syrian air defences shot down “a number of them”.

A source said that there had been material damage and an injured soldier as a result of the attack.

The military declined to comment on the Israeli matter.

Israel usually carries out its strikes at night.

Syria’s information minister, Omran al-Zoubi, said Israel has targeted Syria’s airports to disrupt Iran’s growing use of aerial supply lines to deliver weapons to Syrian and Lebanese allies, including Hezbollah.

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