Skip to main content

Casualties in Syria after suspected Israeli airstrike

The strikes occurred at a time of significant tension along the Israel-Lebanon border and in the West Bank.
Lebanese Hezbollah fighters take part in cross-border raids.

A suspected Israeli airstrike in Syria led to casualties on Wednesday as regional tensions continue to flare up.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that Israel fired missiles toward targets near Damascus at around 12:25 a.m. local time, causing material damage. SANA said two soldiers were injured, though another report by the outlet said two soldiers were killed.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights NGO reported that the strikes destroyed military and logistics equipment used by Iran-backed militias near al-Dimass and al-Saboura west of Damascus. Two non-Syrian members of an unspecified Iran-backed group were killed, along with one Syrian soldier. Lebanon’s Hezbollah has a presence in the targeted areas, according to the observatory.

Background: Israel is suspected of carrying out regular military strikes throughout Syria, though Israel usually does not confirm this. On July 2, Syria said Israeli airstrikes near the central city of Homs caused material damage. A suspected Israeli missile attack also injured a Syrian soldier in June.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.