Israel claims air strikes near Syrian capital Damascus

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Feb 24, 2020

February 24, 2020

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Israel said on Sunday it struck bases of the Islamic Jihad militant group near Damascus, while Syria claimed that its air defences shot down "enemy missiles".

The Israeli army said that fighter jets "struck Islamic Jihad terror targets south of Damascus" after rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

"In the Adeliyah region, outside of Damascus, an Islamic Jihad compound was struck, used as a hub of Islamic Jihad's activity in Syria," it said, while confirming a other strikes in Gaza.

Islamic Jihad operates in the Palestinian territories and Syria, and fired more than 20 rockets from Gaza throughout Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks were "near the Damascus international airport".

"Most of the enemy missiles were shot down before reaching their targets," the Syrian state news agency Sana reported.

It said that stressing that no airport was struck.

Earlier, Sana said air defences were activated against attacks "in the Damascus area".

Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria, mainly on government forces and allied Iranian troops and Hezbollah fighters.

It is rare for them to claim such strikes directly.

A missile attack blamed on Israel in mid-February killed three Syrian and four Iranian fighters in the Damascus airport area, the Observatory said from Britain.

Updated: February 24, 2020 03:33 AM

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