“Israeli” missiles kill three in Syria

Missiles flying into the sky near the international airport in Damascus, Syria, 2019. Missiles flying into the sky near the international airport in Damascus, Syria, 2019. SANA via Reuters

29 April 2020

Syrian State media said Israeli warplanes have targeted Syrian civilians

On Monday 27 April, three civilians were killed and four others, including a child, injured in an attack near Syria’s capital Damascus. According to the Syrian Arab New Agency (SANA), Israeli planes had fired missiles into civilian areas in A-Hujaira and Al-Adliya neighborhoods in Damascus.

SANA considered the attack an “Israeli aggression” carried out from Lebanese airspace. Although Israel has recently stated that it was behind air raids against Hezbollah militants fighting alongside Syrian government forces, it did not confirm its involvement in the latest missile attack. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, reported that it was not possible to determine whether the missile fragments having hit civilian homes came stemmed from Israeli missiles or the Syrian Air Defence Force. According to United Nations’ estimates, since the beginning of the brutal civil war in 2011, more than 10 million persons were displaced and hundreds of thousand killed. From the onset,  Israel has carried out multiple strikes against Syria, targeting Iran-backed Hezbollah forces. In recent months, the Israeli Defence Force has intensified its attacks against Syria through Lebanon’s airspace. On 20 April, Syria’s air defences intercepted Israeli missiles near the city of Palmyra, according to SANA. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that “the targets were military posts for Iranian militias in the Palmyra desert” and that the raid had killed Syrian and foreign fighters.

Israeli Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, accused the terrorist organization Hezbollah of attempting to violate Israel’s sovereignty through its attacks on the Israeli-Lebanese  border, announcing to bring the case before the UN Security Council. 


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