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Damascus countryside hit by Israeli missile barrage
Israeli missiles have targeted the outskirts of the Syrian capital for the second time this week
By News Desk - November 03 2021
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Syrian air defences respond to Israeli missiles targeting the capital Damascus. 20 July, 2020. (Photo credit: STR / AFP)

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a new round of Israeli missiles hit the region of Zakia in the outskirts of the Damascus early in the morning of 3 November.

“At approximately 12:56am today, the Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression with a number of missiles from the direction of northern occupied Palestine, targeting a point in Damascus countryside in the Zakia area, which led to some material losses,” SANA quoted a military source as saying.

At time of writing, the Israeli military had not yet commented on the airstrike.

The strike on the outskirts of Damascus is the second round of attacks by the Israelis in less than a week. On 30 October, Israeli missiles hit the suburbs of the Syrian capital, leaving two soldiers wounded and causing some infrastructure damage.

During this rare daytime attack, Syria’s aerial defense system was able to take down several missiles also fired from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Syria’s aerial defense system has been strengthened over the past few years thanks to a contract they signed with Iran.

On 7 August 2020, Iranian Major General Mohammad Bagheri, IRGC commander and Chief of Staff of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces, met with then-Syrian Defense Minister Ali Ayoub to sign a new deal to reinforce defense ties between the two sides.

Bagheri said that “the signed agreement strengthens our will and our determination to cooperate in the face of American pressure,” and that “Iran will strengthen Syrian air defense systems in the framework of strengthening military relations between the two countries,” according to Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen network and Syria’s state-run Al Watan newspaper.

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