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Israel launched yet another round of airstrikes at the Damascus countryside on the night of 6 June.
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Citing military sources, Syrian state news agency SANA reported that at 11:18pm Israel targeted the south of Damascus city. The attack came from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights.
The military source confirmed only material damage, with no reported casualties.
Syrian air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.
The most recent Israeli aggression against Syria took place on 20 May, also targeting the Damascus region.
Unlike previous raids which involved the Israeli Air Force, the raid on 20 May was conducted using surface-to-surface missiles launched from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Three Syrian Arab Army air defense officers – Captain Ayham Shaaban, Lieutenant Yasser al-Aduj, and Lieutenant Ghadeer Alia – were killed as a result of the attack.
One of the strikes hit dangerously close to the Damascus International Airport, causing a fire and leading to the delays of several flights.
An Israeli aerial attack on Masyaf on 13 May caused the deaths of five people, including a civilian, and the injuries of seven others, including a child.
After the attack, Israeli media reported that the Russian S-300 missile defense system was allegedly used for the first time against Israeli aircraft since its deployment in the Levantine country.
The report came amid rising tensions between Russia and Israel, which began at the start of Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine.
As of late, the Kremlin has been critical of Israel’s attacks on Syria, noting that these lead to a decrease in the combat capability of the Syrian armed forces, which reduces the effectiveness of counter-terrorism efforts on Syrian territory.
However, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has denied the report on the activation of S-300s in Syria, albeit in vague terms. “I think [it is] not [true], of course. But it is necessary, of course, to clarify with our military colleagues. I think this is completely fake news,” Bogdanov told reporters on 19 May.
Turkish forces have also illegally occupied Syrian territory and have launched attacks on northern Syria.