Alleged Israeli Predawn Airstrike in Syria Kills Seven

This photo provided early Thursday, May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows missiles rise into the sky as Israeli missiles hit air defense position and other military bases, in Damascus, Syria. The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked "dozens" of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria …
Syrian Central Military Media, via AP

TEL AVIV – Syria accused Israel of an airstrike near Damascus in the early hours of Monday, killing four members of a pro-Iran militia and three civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

According to Syrian state news agency SANA, some damage was caused by the strikes on the Mezzeh military airport in a suburb outside the capital but there were no casualties.

The airbase, said to be used by Iranian forces in Syria, has been targeted several times in alleged Israeli airstrikes.

Israel does not comment on its actions in Syria however Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday alluded to a possible airstrike.

“Keep your ears open. We’ve gone from a policy of blocking [Iran] to pushing it out,” Bennett told the 103FM radio station on Sunday according to remarks translated by The Times of Israel.

Monday’s bombing raid was the third such attack in Syria attributed to Israel in the past 10 days.

The SANA state media said Syrian air defense shot down the Israeli projectiles.

Last week, Syria accused Israel of carrying out airstrikes on targets near Homs in central Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor later said the targets were “military posts for Iranian militias in the Palmyra desert.”

The raids killed nine fighters, including six foreigners and some militants connected to the Iranian-proxy Hezbollah group.

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