4 Syrian soldiers killed in alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus

The strikes are the third alleged Israeli strike on Syria in the past month.

Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018. (photo credit: REUTERS/OMAR SANADIKI)
Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018.
(photo credit: REUTERS/OMAR SANADIKI)

Israeli airstrikes targeted sites near Damascus early Wednesday, killing four Syrian soldiers and wounding three others, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.

A Syrian military source told SANA that Israeli aircraft fired missiles from northern Israel toward sites near Damascus. The source claimed that Syrian air defenses intercepted most of them.

The Syrian Capital Voice news site reported that the strike targeted two locations near Damascus International Airport, as well as a site belonging to pro-Iranian forces in the Samarian area of Damascus.

The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV reported that sites near Qudsaya and Jamraya, northwest of Damascus, as well as near the Mezzeh Military Airport, were targeted in the strikes.

The opposition-affiliated Halab Today TV reported that the strikes mainly targeted the Mezzeh military airport, saying that the site was struck after an Israeli quadcopter which had fallen in Syrian territory on Tuesday was brought there.

An Israeli Air Force F-35 flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, June 27, 2019. (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)An Israeli Air Force F-35 flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, June 27, 2019. (credit: REUTERS/AMIR COHEN)

The IDF stated on Tuesday that there was no concern about information being leaked from the quadcopter. Two warehouses at the airport were destroyed in the strikes, according to the report.

Air defense systems in the Samarian area, al-Kiswah and Sahnaya, were targeted as well, according to Halab Today.

During the strikes, a Syrian air defense missile fell on a house in Jdaydet Artooz, slightly injuring two civilians and damaging the house.

Independent flight tracking sites reported on Tuesday that a flight from Qeshm Air, which has reportedly been used to smuggle Iranian weapons to Syria and Lebanon, flew between Damascus and Tehran.

The strikes on Wednesday were the third alleged Israeli strikes on Syria this past month.

Two weeks ago, an alleged Israeli airstrike targeted sites near the towns of Rakhlah and Qatana, southwest of Damascus, according to the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV. The Scientific Studies and Research Center in Jamraya was also targeted, according to the Step News Agency.

Less than a week before that strike, a rare daytime Israeli airstrike targeted sites near Masyaf in northwestern Syria, according to Syrian reports.

The Step News Agency reported that the strikes targeted sites belonging to pro-Iranian militias and scientific research sites in Masyaf.

Satellite imagery from Sentinel Hub shared by open-source intelligence account Aurora Intel showed at least four different targets in the strikes near Masyaf, including the Zawi defense factory, the Scientific Studies and Research Center, a Syrian army complex, and another site, far away from Masyaf, in Suwaydah.