Two Killed, some wounded in Israeli attack on Damascus

Syrian air defences thwart Israeli attack over Damascus - SANA

Israel says attacks Syria military targets after rocket launches

While the Syrian government has remained tight-lipped about the incident, reports on social media allege that the Syrian capital was subjected to an Israeli strike.

Israeli warplanes carried out a "wide-scale" attack against Iranian forces and Syrian army targets in Syria on Wednesday, killing at least 11 fighters, the Israeli army and a monitoring group said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement following the strikes: "I have made clear that any who attack us-we will attack them".

The Observatory said the airstrikes targeted Quds Force arms depots in the Damascus suburbs of Kisweh and Qudsaya.

The Observatory said that several other areas were targeted, including the Mazzeh airbase in western Damascus where air defence units are stationed.

He added that four civilians were also wounded in the strikes.

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It claimed that Syrian air defenses destroyed most of the Israeli missiles before they reached their targets.

Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against Iranian targets trying to establish a permanent military presence there and against advanced weapons shipments to Tehran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah.

The attack early Wednesday morning was in response to rockets fired from Syria at northern Israel early on Tuesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

Satellite image showing the destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes to an alleged Iranian-controlled facility at the Damascus International Airport on November 20, 2019. It was not clear whether the rocket launch was directly linked to the announcement.

Syria says two civilians died and that Syrian air defences shot down most of the missiles over Damascus. It said the rockets did not hit the ground.

The four rockets were fired from Syria early on Tuesday hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement on Monday that the USA government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, essentially undermining Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state.

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There was no immediate response from Iran. Netanyahu has issued a series of warnings recently about Iranian aggression throughout the Middle East. "We assess that there are Iranians killed and injured", the official said Wednesday, on condition of anonymity.

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The Syrian regime claimed to have intercepted several of the incoming Israeli missiles, though such claims from Damascus are often false.

Akram al-Ajouri of the Islamic Jihad group survived the attack but family members were killed.

Israel frequently strikes Iranian interests in Syria.

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Last week's airstrike targeting the Islamic Jihad commander in Syria marked a rare assassination attempt against a Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital. Israel sometimes carries out attacks on Syria from planes flying over Lebanon. Hamas also receives some support from Iran.

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