Air defenses belonging to the Assad regime were active early on Wednesday as Israel carried out attacks near the capital, Damascus, media reported. Four soldiers were killed, and three more were wounded in the attack.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said several missiles struck areas near Damascus International Airport on the southern edge of the capital as well as several suburbs. It said the areas hit regime positions as well as some Iran-backed fighters.
The attacks came hours after the Israeli military said an Israeli drone crashed on the Syrian side of the border on Tuesday, adding that an investigation was opened into the case.
It was the latest attack on Syria since April 14, when several missiles hit regime positions near Damascus.
Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses operations.
It has acknowledged, however, that it targets the bases of Iran-allied militias, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah group that has fighters deployed in Syria. It says it attacks arms shipments believed to be bound for the militias.