West News Wire: Israeli missiles were allegedly fired at Damascus early on Thursday, causing harm to the city’s property, according to the Syrian military. The assault began at 1:20am, and according to military sources cited by the state news agency SANA, air defenses were able to shoot down at least some “hostile targets.”
Over Damascus, loud explosions could be heard, but it wasn’t immediately obvious where the missiles had struck. In the south of the city, in the Al-Midan neighborhood, there were rumors of a fire. According to other accounts, the nearby Kafr Sousa municipality was the target of the attack. In addition to some “material damage,” at least two soldiers were hurt in the assault, according to SANA. Ambulances were dispatched to the site, according to earlier reports.
According to SANA, the missiles came from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syrian territory since 2011, but rarely acknowledges them. On the occasions that the Israel Defense Forces comment on the attacks, they claim to be hitting Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria in pre-emptive self-defense. Damascus has repeatedly protested the raids as a violation of Syrian sovereignty, to no avail.