Syrian opposition: 'Iranian personality' targeted in Israeli-linked strike on Damascus

At least 3 reportedly killed in precision-guided missile attack on high-security district in Syrian capital; state media accuses Israel

Several Israeli missiles hit a residential building in the Kafr Sousa district in Syria's capital Damascus on Wednesday, Syrian state media reported.
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The neighborhood hosts residential buildings, schools and Iranian cultural centers, and lies near a large, heavily guarded complex used by security agencies. The district was targeted in an Israeli attack in February 2023 that killed Iranian military experts.
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Smoke plume billowing over Damascus' high-security Kafr Sousa district
Syrian state news agency SANA said an "Israeli attack" had targeted a residential building but made no mention of casualties. It published an image of the charred side of a multi-story building.
Sky News Arabia reported that the attack was aimed at an "Iranian personality," and that at least two people were killed in the attack.
Meanwhile, Kol HaBira radio station, which is affiliated with the Syrian opposition, also reported on two casualties. The opposition news outlet later reported that the death toll from the attack rose to three, with an additional eight injuries.
The attack was reportedly carried out using three precision-guided missiles, hitting several apartments in a building in the Kafr Sousa neighborhood which "served in part as headquarters for Iranian militias."
Witnesses heard several back-to-back explosions. The blasts scared children at a nearby school and ambulances rushed to the area, the witnesses told Reuters.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.
Iran has been a major backer of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria's nearly 12-year conflict. Its support for Damascus and the Lebanese group Hezbollah has drawn regular Israeli air strikes meant to curb Tehran's extraterritorial military power.
First published: 10:10, 02.21.24
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