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Syrian state media says Israel bombed targets near Damascus

Syria accuses Israel of carrying out airstrikes near the capital Damascus.

Syrian state media outlet SANA says the attack happened south of Damascus and originated in northern Israel.

The report says Syrian air defenses responded to “Israeli aggression” and that explosions were heard in the city.

There are no reports of casualties or damage.

Israel does not comment on strikes in Syria, but has said it has carried out hundreds of sorties against Iran-backed groups attempting to gain a foothold in the country.

Late last month, Syrian state media said three Syrian soldiers were killed in an Israeli airstrike near Damascus.

Last month Israel also allegedly fired surface-to-surface missiles at an observation post and “finance building” near the border town of Quneitra on the Syrian Golan Heights.

Russia is allied with Syria’s regime and allows Israel to carry out operations against targets in the country. The coordination has been a major factor in Israel’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Israel has refrained from antagonizing Russia by condemning Moscow for the invasion.

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