Syria says Israel attacked areas around southern Damascus

Syria says Israel attacked areas around southern Damascus
Syria says the rockets were fired from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: On Sunday evening, the Syrian army said that Israeli-fired rockets struck parts of southern Damascus in escalating attacks that regional intelligence sources said target Iran-linked assets.

A statement from the Syrian army said the attack came from the Golan Heights and that it had brought down most of the missiles. Syrian army said this is the second such attack in less than a month on the outskirts of the capital.

An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment on the subject.

Since the start of the year, Israel has struck a wider range of targets than usual, including a major attack on Iranian-linked strongholds further east, near the Iraqi border.

Benny Gantz, the Israeli Defence Minister, on Friday said Israel was taking action “almost weekly” to prevent Iranian entrenchment in Syria.

Regional intelligence sources said Iran’s Quds Force and the militias it supports, whose presence has spread in Syria in recent years, have a strong presence in the Sayeda Zainab neighbourhood of southern part of Damascus where the militias have many underground bases.

In recent years, Israel has regularly attacked what it says are Iranian-linked targets in Syria, and stepped up such raids this year in what Western intelligence sources have described as a shadow war to reduce Iran’s influence.

Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi, Israeli Chief of Staff, said in December Israel had struck more than 500 targets in 2020.

President Bashar al-Assad’s government has never publicly acknowledged there are Iranian forces operating on his behalf in Syria’s civil war, only that Tehran has sent military advisers.

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