Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Israeli airstrikes hit Damascus countryside, Syria claims


Israel Launches Missiles at Military Targets Near Damascus

In the early hours of Tuesday, Israel carried out a missile strike on several military targets located outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. The attack resulted in some “material damage,” according to a statement released by Syria’s defense ministry. Syrian air defenses were able to intercept some of the Israeli missiles and successfully shot down a number of them.

The ongoing conflict in Syria, which has lasted nearly 12 years, has seen Iran emerge as a key supporter of President Bashar Assad. Iran’s backing of the Assad regime, as well as its support for the Lebanese group Hezbollah, has made it a target for Israeli airstrikes aimed at limiting Tehran’s military influence in the region.

Tensions in the region have escalated following the October 7th attack by Hamas on Israel. Since then, there have been multiple suspected Israeli strikes on Syria resulting in the deaths of more than half a dozen Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers. In response to these attacks, the Guards have reportedly reduced the deployment of their senior officers in Syria and are relying more on allied Shiite militia groups to maintain their influence in the country.

The recent missile strike by Israel near Damascus is just the latest in a series of attacks targeting Iranian military assets in Syria. These strikes are part of Israel’s broader strategy to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in the region. The Israeli government views Iran’s growing influence in Syria as a direct threat to its national security and has vowed to take action to counter it.

The conflict in Syria has become a battleground for regional powers vying for influence and control. Iran’s support for the Assad regime has not only drawn the ire of Israel but has also fueled tensions with other countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The ongoing violence and instability in Syria have created a complex web of alliances and rivalries that continue to shape the dynamics of the conflict.

As the situation in Syria remains volatile, with multiple actors pursuing their own interests, the risk of further escalation and confrontation remains high. The recent missile strike by Israel serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing tensions in the region and the potential for further violence. It is clear that the conflict in Syria is far from over and that the involvement of external powers will continue to shape its trajectory in the coming months and years.

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