Photo showing anti aircraft fire during an earlier Israeli attack in Syria. Undated

Photo showing anti aircraft fire during an earlier Israeli attack in Syria.

Israel Acknowledges It Hit Targets Near The Syrian Capital

2/9/2022

The Israeli military, in a rare acknowledgement, said it attacked targets in Syria shortly after an anti-aircraft missile was fired into northern Israel early Wednesday.

Syrian state media said a soldier was killed and five others were wounded in the Israeli attack near the capital Damascus

Israel said the Syrian rocket exploded in the air and was not intercepted by Israeli air defenses, but it activated warning sirens in northern Israel.

There were no reports of injuries or damage there.

In a rare statement acknowledging attacks inside Syria, the Israeli army said it struck Syrian facilities used in targeting Israeli aircraft, including a radar and anti-aircraft batteries.

Syrian official news agency SANA reported that Israel fired surface-to-surface missiles in the vicinity of the capital city Damascus and some of them were brought down by air defenses.

Israel has made hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled parts of Syria mostly since 2017, but its government rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel also targets Iranian weapons shipments and depots in Syria, primarily to prevent Hezbollah from expanding its arsenal of missiles and other heavy weapons.

Israel has acknowledged, however, that it is targeting bases of Iran-allied militias, such as Hezbollah, which is fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in the country’s civil strife.

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