State media: Syria strikes blamed on Israel wound eight fighters



Damascus - At least eight fighters were wounded on Thursday when two Israeli air strikes targeted areas near Damascus, Syria's official SANA news agency reported.




The first attack targeted military positions in the vicinity of Damascus, while the second took place 30 minutes later striking military positions in the vicinity of Daraa, Quneitra and Reef Damascus provinces, SANA reported, quoting a military source.
The report said that a number of rockets were fired by Israeli warplanes over southern Lebanon and the Golan Heights, but were intercepted by Syrian air defences.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack targeted Syrian government forces positions and allied Iranian militia in areas around al-Kiswah and Jimraya, areas west of the capital Damascus, and at al-Mezzeh military airport.
The Israeli army did not comment on the reports.
The Israeli air force has conducted similar strikes previously against targets in Syria, saying that it is trying to prevent Iran from building up its military influence in the region. 

 


Thursday, February 6th 2020
(dpa)
           


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