by: Kate Norman
Friday, 15 April 2022 | For the second time this week, Israeli jets reportedly struck military targets in Syria, according to state-affiliated Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The planes struck in the countryside around the Syrian capital of Damascus at around 11:30 p.m. yesterday, SANA reported, causing material damage but no reported casualties.
The targets reportedly included sites southwest of Damascus as well as the Scientific Studies and Research Center, which lies northwest of Damascus, the Jerusalem Post reported, citing Arabic media.
This is not the first time the research center has been the target of an alleged Israeli strike, the Jerusalem Post noted. The most recent strike there took place in February.
Israel, as usual, did not comment on its involvement in the strikes. The Jewish state does not address its involvement in cross-border strikes unless they are in response to a direct attack.
Israeli officials have acknowledged, however, that the Israeli military has conducted hundreds of strikes in Syria over the past few years in order to thwart Iran’s attempts to entrench itself and strengthen its proxies in the region.
The last alleged Israeli strike took place last Saturday afternoon, SANA reported, when planes approached from Lebanon and targeted sites near Masyaf in western Syria. Then too, only material damage was reported, according to SANA, with no casualties.
The targets in the Masyaf strikes included a defense factory, a scientific studies and research center and a Syrian army complex, according to satellite imagery from an independent firm.
Posted on April 15, 2022
Source: (Bridges for Peace, April 15, 2022)
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