BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – A major aerial attack is underway in Damascus, Syria, with residents reporting the ground and windows shaking across parts of the city, in likely another Israeli assault after fighter jets were seen traversing Lebanese airspace.
Syrian air defense systems have been activated in Damascus. Unverified social media footage is circulating showing what appears to be fighter jets active near the Syria-Lebanese border in a developing situation.
Local sources are saying sites in the Qalamoun Mountain region that link Lebanon and Syria were targeted, along with locations near the Damascus International Airport and Mezzeh Military Airport, suggesting an extensive target list and major strikes on a level not seen in many months.
— Ali Choukeir (@alichoukeir) August 19, 2021
The attack comes two days after a confirmed Israeli attack in Syria’s south, near Quneitra late Tuesday night.
Prior to this week, Israel had not attacked Syria in nearly a month, unusual given that prior to July Israeli airstrikes had been occurring on a weekly basis through much of the year.