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Syrian soldier wounded in Israeli strike near Damascus — state media

By AFP - Aug 23,2023 - Last updated at Aug 23,2023

DAMASCUS — A Syrian soldier was wounded late Monday in an Israeli air strike near the capital Damascus, the official news agency SANA said.

The agency had earlier reported that Syria's air defences had intercepted "hostile targets" in the Damascus area, without further details.

"The Israeli enemy carried out an attack with missiles sent from the occupied Golan Heights... wounding a soldier and causing material damages," SANA said.

Separately, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) said, "Israeli missiles targeted at least three regime sites, including warehouses and military sites belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah and pro-Iran militias".

It said sites had been targeted in the Kiswah area and another site south of the capital.

During more than a decade of civil war in Syria, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes on its territory, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces and Lebanese Hizbollah fighters as well as Syrian army positions.

Israel rarely comments on strikes it carries out on targets in Syria, but has repeatedly said it will not allow its arch-foe Iran to expand its presence in the country.

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