Four Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli missile attack: Report

Air attack also wounded four other Syrian soldiers and caused some material damage, state media say.

Israeli soldiers reposition military vehicles including self-propelled artillery during a drill in the annexed Golan Heights on July 17, 2023.
Israeli soldiers reposition military vehicles, including self-propelled artillery, during a drill in the annexed Golan Heights on July 17, 2023 [Jalaa Mary/AFP]

An Israeli missile attack near Syria’s capital Damascus has killed at least four Syrian soldiers and wounded four others, according to the official SANA news agency.

Citing a military source, SANA said the attack took place early on Monday.

“At 2:20am [23:20 GMT Sunday] the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting areas in the vicinity of Damascus,” it said.

The attack killed “four soldiers and wounded four others”, it added.

The agency also reported “some material damage” and said Syrian air defences had intercepted some of the Israeli missiles.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

Israel has for years been carrying out attacks against what it has described as Iran-linked targets in Syria.

Iran’s influence has grown in Syria since it began supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that started in 2011.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies