Israeli attack near Syrian capital wounds 3 soldiers, report says

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However, Israel has been more muted in its attacks since September, when a Russian military aircraft got caught up in an aerial battle over Damascus and was accidentally shot down by Syrian air defence systems.

The Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized the manner of strikes conducted by Israel's Air Force.

"Missiles fired from Israeli planes targeted. arms depots southwest and south of Damascus that belong to Hezbollah or Iranian forces", the head of the Syrian Observatory Abdel Rahman said.

Russian Federation announced it had delivered the S-300 air defence system to Syria in October.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that he will not allow archenemy Iran to establish a permanent military presence in postwar Syria.

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Syrian military confirmed via Syrian state media that an arms depot was hit in the attack and that three soldiers were wounded, Reuters reports.

Earlier in the day, the Russian military also said that that the Israeli airstrike had endangered two civilian flights.

"The decision to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria will not change our consistent policy. We will act against it vigorously and continuously, including during the current period", he told a graduation ceremony of new air force pilots.

Syria's state media outlet SANA said that the country's air defenses were activated over Damascus in response to "enemy targets", without providing further details.

The Israeli attack is the latest in a string of missiles strikes targeting Syrian positions throughout the crisis over the pretext that they are targeting positions of Iranian-backed forces and allied Hezbollah fighters.

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While some 2,000 United States troops are in Syria with the stated goal of IS, Washington has warned against growing Iranian influence in the war-torn country.

Several Iranian ammunition supply points were also a target of the bombing, the source said. Since then Israel has been very careful with its operations over Syria.

Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes in Syria, majority believed to have been aimed at Iranian arms shipments to the Hezbollah militant group.

Almost an hour after the attacks began, Damascus residents could still hear the air defence units firing toward targets in the air.

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