Syria accuses Israel for attack near Damascus

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Islam News – Israeli jets fired missiles on targets near Damascus early Wednesday, killing one Syrian soldier and wounding three others, Syria’s military said, as Al-Monitor News report read.

The attack took place after midnight in the Zabadani region in the Damascus countryside and that it targeted a Syrian air defense unit and caused material damage, an anonymous Syrian military official said, who was quoted by SANA news agency.

It was the second reported attack in the past week. On Christmas eve Thursday, Israeli jets bombed targets in the central Syrian town of Masyaf, reportedly targeting a weapons depot and facilities used for manufacturing short-range missiles.

The Syrian military didn’t provide further details on the Wednesday attack.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry protested the repeated attacks inside its territory, calling on the U.N in a letter Wednesday to exercise its responsibility in halting such “terrorist Israeli attacks.” The ministry said Israel’s violations are possible because of “unconditional support” from the U.S., calling them a threat to peace and security in the region and internationally. The letter was carried by SANA.

Britain-based war monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Israeli strikes targeted a weapons and rocket warehouse used by Lebanese group Hezbollah.

The Observatory also said the strikes hit a Syrian air defense unit as it attempted to respond to the incoming missiles, killing one soldier and wounding five others. Russian troops, also a key ally of the Syrian government, are deployed nearby, the Observatory said.

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