Eight Syrian Soldiers Wounded in Israeli Attack on Damascus

First strike launched against Syria since attack on Iranian consular annex

At least eight Syrian soldiers were reported injured this evening when Israel carried out a missile strike against a building operated by security forces in the Najha area of the capital city of Damascus.

The strike was reportedly launched from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and caused material damage to the building in addition to the injuries, according to a statement by Syria’s Defense Ministry.

Though Israeli attacks on Syrian military targets are not unusual, this evening’s strike was noteworthy as it was the first Israeli airstrike in over a month, since a strike on April 1. That strike hit the Iranian consular annex, killing a number of high-ranking Iranian security officials.

The annex attack started an escalation the led to Iran launching a drone incursion against Israel and Israel launching “retaliation” for that retaliation. Now that things have calmed down a bit, it appears Israel is returning to attacks on military targets.

The Najha strike was reported to be just south of a shrine where a large number of Iranian-backed forces and Hezbollah had gathered. Despite this, there were no such forces in the targeted building, and those injured were all said to be Syrian soldiers.

Israel’s military, in keeping with its policy of ambiguity about attacks, declined any comment on the incident, saying they do not comment on reports that emerge in foreign media.

Israel is generally hostile toward Syria and its military. Israel has been attacking Syrian targets throughout much of the Syrian Civil War, which is still ongoing.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.