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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