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Syria says Israeli airstrikes on military targets injure two soldiers

Attack near eastern city of Deir el-Zour causes material damage, Syrian state media says, two days after alleged strike on Iranian weapons shipment near Damascus

Illustrative: Missiles in the sky near the international airport, in Damascus, Syria, on January 21, 2019. (SANA, Syria's official news agency, via AP/ FIle)
Illustrative: Missiles in the sky near the international airport, in Damascus, Syria, on January 21, 2019. (SANA, Syria's official news agency, via AP/ FIle)

Israeli airstrikes in Syria injured two soldiers late Monday night, Syrian state media said.

The airstrikes hit military targets near the eastern Syrian city of Deir el-Zour, causing material damage, according to Syria’s official news agency, SANA.

The reported airstrikes came two days after an alleged Israeli attack near Damascus against an Iranian weapons shipment that appeared to be making its way to Lebanon.

Sunday’s airstrikes were reported by news sites affiliated with the Syrian opposition and were not confirmed by state media.

The strikes targeting sites belonging to the Syrian army and pro-Iranian militia groups took place in al-Dimas, just west of Damascus, the reports said.

There were no reports of casualties, and it was not clear the extent of the damage caused by the alleged strikes.

As a rule, the IDF does not comment on specific strikes in Syria, though it has admitted to conducting hundreds of sorties against Iran-backed groups attempting to gain a foothold in the country, over the last decade.

The military says it attacks arms shipments believed to be bound for those groups, chief among them Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group. Additionally, airstrikes attributed to Israel have repeatedly targeted Syrian air defense systems.

Israel has repeatedly accused the Syrian military of actively assisting the Iran-backed Hezbollah in the area.

Late last month, two men were killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike in southern Syria, media outlets affiliated with Syria’s opposition reported.

The two men were reportedly riding on a motorcycle when they were struck by a missile.

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