Syrian media reported that Israel launched raids targeting the vicinity of the capital, Damascus, on Sunday evening, and that the Syrian air defenses intervened to confront them.
The French Press Agency said that explosions were heard in the Syrian capital just before midnight local time (21:00 GMT).
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a military source as saying, “The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting some points in the vicinity of Damascus,” adding, “Our air defenses intercepted the aggression’s missiles and shot down some of them.”
The agency indicated that the losses were limited to material.
This strike targeting Damascus is the first since late March, and Israeli raids on sites around the city of Aleppo on May 2 left 7 people dead.
Over the past years, Israel launched hundreds of air strikes in Syria, which targeted Syrian army sites and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah targets, including weapons and ammunition depots in separate areas.
Israel rarely confirms carrying out strikes in Syria, but it repeats that it will continue to confront what it describes as Iran’s attempts to consolidate its military presence there.
Syria has been witnessing a bloody conflict since 2011 that has killed about half a million people, caused massive damage to infrastructure, and led to the displacement of millions of people inside and outside the country.