Israel missile strike targets sites around Syrian capital

Israel launched a missile attack on Syrian military sites around the capital Damascus in the early hours of Monday, causing the Syrian air defenses to respond, according to the state news agency SANA.

The new strikes were conducted from over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and targeted military targets in the surroundings of Damascus, said SANA, citing a military source, adding that the air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

No further details were given by SANA about the attack, which was clearly heard in Damascus as the air defense missiles were fired to intercept the Israeli missiles.

The Israeli assault is the latest in a string of attacks targeting military sites in Syria under the pretext of striking Iranian targets in Syria.

The last Israeli attack was carried out on Feb. 3, when the Israelis fired surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missiles at targets in southern Syria with no reports about casualties and damage.