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Israeli Shelling in Damascus Area: Syrian State Media

Israeli shelling overnight targeted the Damascus area, Syrian state media said Tuesday, adding that air defenses had intercepted some of the missiles.

The Syria official news agency SANA reported “explosions in the vicinity of Damascus.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the strikes hit Hezbollah weapons depots, killing two people.

A Syrian military source, quoted by SANA, said Israel carried out “a burst of missiles” at around 12:30 am Tuesday (2130 GMT Monday) “targeting some points in the vicinity of Damascus city. Our air defenses intercepted the aggressor’s missiles and shot down a number of them.”

“The aggression resulted in the injury of two soldiers with some material losses,” the source said.

Israel rarely comments on such reports, but it has carried out hundreds of air strikes on Syrian territory since civil war broke out there in 2011, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters.

Israel has repeatedly said it will not allow its archfoe Iran to gain a foothold in Syria.

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