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Syrian soldier injured by suspected Israeli airstrikes near Damascus

Israel is regularly accused of striking Syrian and Iranian military targets in the country. The latest attack comes amid especially high tensions between Israel and Iran.
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Suspected Israeli airstrikes hit Syria late Monday evening as the conflict between Israel and Iran’s allies in the region continues.

Syria’s Ministry of Defense said the “Israeli enemy” fired missiles at unspecified targets outside of the capital Damascus at 11:05 p.m. local time. A soldier was injured and there were also material damages, according to the ministry.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that two people were killed in the strike, though it could not confirm their affiliation. The attack targeted military positions of the Lebanese military organization Hezbollah and unspecified Iranian militias in Al Kiswah, south of Damascus, according to the observatory.

Background: Israel is suspected of carrying out regular airstrikes against Syrian and Iranian military targets throughout Syria, though Israel usually does not confirm the attacks. Israel views Iran’s presence in neighboring Syria as a threat. Hezbollah and other Iran-backed groups fight alongside the Syrian government in the civil war. The Syrian military rarely responds apart from activating air defense measures to down the missiles.

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