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Israel missile wounds two soldiers near Damascus — state media

By AFP - Oct 30,2021 - Last updated at Oct 30,2021

A plume of heavy smoke rises above a hill, during an air strike by pro-Syrian army forces on the outskirts of the town of Salwah in the rebel-held northern countryside of Syria's Idlib province on Saturday (AFP photo)

DAMASCUS — An Israeli missile strike wounded two Syrian soldiers near Damascus on Saturday, the official SANA news agency reported after explosions were heard in the Syrian capital.

"The Israeli enemy fired a salvo of surface-to-surface missiles from northern occupied Palestine targeting positions near Damascus," SANA said, quoting an unnamed military official.

"Our anti-aircraft defences were activated and were able to hit some of the enemy missiles," the source said, adding that the attack wounded two soldiers and caused damage.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has routinely carried out air strikes inside Syria, mostly targeting the Syrian army troops as well as allied Iranian and Lebanese forces.

It is rare for Israel to carry out strikes on Syrian targets during daylight hours.

The Israeli forces rarely acknowledges individual strikes but has said repeatedly that it will not allow Syria to become a stronghold of its arch-foe Iran.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said Saturday's raid destroyed arms and ammunition depots belonging to Iranian forces and allied militias in Qudsaya and Dimas.

Israel has targeted these positions in the past.

On October 14, an Israeli air strike on Iranian positions in central Syria killed nine fighters allied to the Syrian government.

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