An Israeli air attack on targets near Damascus in February 2021

Israeli Missiles Hit Three Iran-Linked Targets In Syria

Tuesday, 08/22/2023

Israel late on Monday launched missiles at suspected Iranian and Hezbollah targets in the vicinity of Syria's capital Damascus.

The attack left one Syrian soldier injured and "caused some material damage," the Syrian state news agency SANA reported, citing a military source.

A London-based Syrian group (SOHR) monitoring the conflict in the war-stricken country reported that three areas were hit that contain warehouses and military positions of Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian militias, but said no casualties were reported.

Two targets were in Al-Kaswa area that were also attacked on August 7.

SOHR says it has documented 23 attacks in 2023: 18 airstrikes and five rocket attacks by ground forces, during which Israel targeted several positions in Syria, destroying nearly 52 targets, including buildings, weapons and ammunitions warehouses, headquarters, centers and vehicles. These strikes killed 59 combatants and injured 61 others.

Israel has for years been carrying out attacks against what it has described as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran's influence has grown since it began supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that started in 2011.

Iran has spent tens of billions of dollars in Syria and deployed tens of thousands of Revolutionary Guards and militia forces consisting of Afghans, Iraqis, and Syrians. In addition, Iran’s strongest proxy force, the Lebanese Hezbollah has been the backbone of Tehran’s effort to keep Bashar al-Assad in power.

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