Israel fired missiles towards Damascus' countryside, Syrian military says

Syrian state TV reports air defenses had intercepted 'hostile targets launched from occupied territories'; opposition group says area houses arms depots belonging to Hezbollah and Iranian proxies

Reuters, Liad Osmo|
Syrian air defenses on Saturday intercepted Israeli missiles targeted at sites in the countryside around the capital Damascus and downed some of them, state media said, citing a military statement.
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  • Two soldiers were injured and some material losses occurred, the statement added.
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    Smoke rising outside the Syrian town of Al-Dimass west of Damascus
    (Photo: Syrian state media )
    Syria state television reported that air defenses had intercepted "hostile targets launched from the occupied territories" towards the countryside outside the capital Damascus.
    It was not immediately known what the TV meant by "occupied territories". But Israel, alarmed by Iran's growing regional influence and military presence in Syria, says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria to slow down Iranian entrenchment.
    Asked about the attack, an Israeli military spokesperson said: "We do not comment on reports in the foreign media."
    Saturday's strikes came days after Syria accused Israel of carrying out an attack in the country's south, without offering details.
    Lebanese-based news channel Al Mayadeen reported that the attack was carried out by Israel near the town of Al-Dimass west of the capital and on the way to Beirut, Lebanon.
    The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights opposition group reported that the area houses arms depots belonging to Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies, as well as Syrian army bases.
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