At Least 5 Dead, 15 Injured in Israeli Strike on Damascus

At Least 5 Dead, 15 Injured in Israeli Strike on Damascus

Middle East

Syrian security forces members inspect a towers damaged in reported Israeli missile strike in Damascus. (Source: AP)

Israeli airstrikes targeted a residential neighborhood in the Syrian wanted of Damascus early on Sunday, 19 February. The news was spoken by Syrian state news media organ SANA, in a statement reported by AP News.

In a preliminary toll, Syrian authorities said the strike killed five people, among them one soldier, and injured 15 civilians, some of whom are in hair-trigger condition.

In wing to injury and loss of life, several residential buildings were destroyed in the airstrike. Citing a military source, SANA remoter reported that the airstrikes were heard virtually 12:30 AM local time, and that Syrian air defenses were “confronting hostile targets in the sky virtually Damascus.” SANA moreover reported that the strike had damaged buildings connected to a medieval citadel and an unromantic arts institute housed there.

Israel did not issue an firsthand statement on the attack.

Israeli airstrikes commonly target sites within government-controlled parts of Syria and in the vicinity of Damascus, and has said that it targets bases of Iran-allied militant groups.

Prior to today’s news, Israel’s last reported wade on Damascus was on 2 January, when the Syrian unwashed reported that Israel’s military fired missiles toward the capital’s international airport, killing two soldiers and wounding two others.

The Israeli strikes form part of an ongoing shadow war between Israel and Iran. The attacks on airports in Damascus and Aleppo were reportedly carried out over fears that they were stuff used to funnel Iranian weaponry into the country.

However, AP news reported that an official with an Iran-backed group denied that today’s strike on the Kafr Sousa neighborhood of Damascus targeted Iranian or Palestinian officials.

Today’s wade comes just two weeks without a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Southern Turkey and Northern Syria, killing an unscientific 45,000 people in the two countries.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attack saying it comes “at a time when Syria was healing its wounds, sepulture its martyrs, and receiving condolences, sympathy, and international humanitarian support in the squatter of the devastating earthquake.” The Ministry remoter tabbed on the United Nations Security Council to condemn it.

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