Israeli missiles bombard Damascus

Israeli missiles bombard Damascus

May 19 2019

ARK News: The Syrian news agency SANA said that the air defenses targeted "light objects" from Israel and dropped a number of them on Friday 17/5/2019.

SANA also quoted from a military source as saying that "our air defense media discovered enemy targets coming from the direction of Quneitra and intercepted them."

For his part, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul Rahman said: "The sound of violent explosions was heard in the vicinity of the capital Damascus caused by the targeting of several Israeli missiles."

He added that "The sound of at least three explosions in the south and southwest of the capital was heard, one of the blasts was seen flashing west of Jaramana, and it is not known if they were caused by air defenses."

Abdulrahman pointed out that "the missiles targeted the area of al-Kuswe, where there are weapons depots of the Iranian forces and Hezbollah," adding that "this area has always been hit by Israeli air strikes."

Syrian air defenses confronted on 13 April an Israeli air strike targeting the Musyaaf area in the governorate of Hama, central of Syria, and dropped several missiles.

In recent years, Israel has stepped up its bombings in Syria, targeting positions of the Syrian regime's army, Iranian targets, and the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Israeli shelling recently targeted the city of Aleppo. At the end of March, Syria declared its air defenses against an Israeli "aggression" targeted north-east of the city. The bombing, which lasted according to the Observatory warehouses ammunition belonging to Iranian fighters, killing 7 fighters.

The Israeli army announced on January 21 strikes on stores, intelligence and training centers, it said belonged to the Iranian Quds Force, as well as ammunition stores and a site at Damascus International Airport. The strikes, according to the observatory, killed 21 people, including elements of Iranian forces and fighters associated with it.

Israel reiterates that it will continue to address what it calls Iran's attempts to consolidate its military presence in Syria and to send advanced weapons to Hezbollah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Chad earlier that "we have a very specific policy: To undermine the root of the Iranian presence in Syria and to harm anyone who wants to harm us."