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 Israeli airstrike on outskirts of Damascus leaves eight Syrian soldiers injured

Syrian air defense systems respond to Israeli missiles targeting south of the capital Damascus. (File photo by AFP)

At least eight soldiers suffered injuries when Israeli military aircraft carried out a strike against a building operated by Syrian security forces on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing a military source, reported that Israeli warplanes launched an assault from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights against a site in the vicinity of Damascus at around 10:50 p.m. local time (1950 GMT) on Thursday.

The source added that the attack resulted in the injury of eight soldiers, and caused material losses in the targeted area.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that explosions were heard in the southwestern countryside of Damascus, precisely along the administrative boundary shared with Syria’s southwestern province of Quneitra and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

According to the Britain-based war monitor, the explosions were accompanied by the flight of suspected Israeli drones. 

The Israeli airstrike against the crisis-hit Arab nation comes amid the regime’s bloody onslaught against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on the coastal territory, including hospitals, residences, and houses of worship, since Palestinian resistance movements launched their surprise attack, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa Storm, against the regime on October 7.

At least 34,596 Palestinians, most of them women and children, have been killed while another 77,816 individuals have sustained injuries. 

Israel frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah which has played a key role in helping the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-backed terrorists.

The Tel Aviv regime rarely comments on its cowardly attacks on Syrian territories, which many see as a knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s phenomenal success in confronting and decimating terrorism.

Israel has been the principal supporter of terrorist groups that oppose the democratically-elected government of President Bashar al-Assad since the foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria.

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