Israeli strike on Syria killed 3 regime loyalists

Residents in Damascus said explosions could be heard near the capital; there were no immediate reports on casualties.

The Syrian air defenses confronted several missiles fired towards southwestern Syria on Sunday, December 22 evening.

Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab accused Israel on Monday of flying planes in the national airspace to carry out airstrikes on Syria and urged the global community to address the issue.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in the United Kingdom, an opposition war monitoring group that has activists across the country, said there were three explosions and that the attack attacked Iranian and Syrian military positions near Damascus.

It said Syrian air defenses fired on "hostile missiles" coming from "the Occupied Territories", referring to Israel. Syrian air defense units have claimed to have shot down one of the missiles launched from Israeli aircraft outside of Aqraba.

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When contacted by the AFP news agency, the IDF said Israel "does not comment on reports in foreign media". The targets reportedly included missile launchers, warehouses that stored weapons, command centers and bases.

According to SANA, government officials said that another Israeli airstrike in Damascus targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri.

Iran and Hezbollah are sworn enemies of the Jewish state and have backed the Assad's forces with advisers and fighters.

"Sooner or later, Israel will receive a response for its aerial attacks on and crimes in Syria", he said, expressing hope that resistance forces in Syria and Lebanon would "stand against the crimes committed by the United States and Israel".

  • Sonia Alvarado