BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – For the second time in a week, the Israeli Air Force has launched heavy strikes over a region in Syria after violating Lebanese airspace last night.
According to a field source in Damascus, the Israeli Air Force launched a number of strikes over the Al-Zabadani area and Western Mountains, prompting the Syrian air defense units to confront the hostile missiles falling on the sites.
The source said that an Israeli jet inside Lebanese airspace fired several missiles at the Nabi Habeel area of western Damascus, hitting some of the targeted sites, while the other projectiles were intercepted by the Syrian air defense forces.
He pointed out that at least one Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldier was killed in the attack, while a couple others were transferred to a local military hospital for treatment; they are expected to recover from their injuries.
The Al-Zabadani area is completely under the control of the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces (NDF); Hezbollah previously had a presence in the area, but withdrew following the recapture of the western countryside of Damascus.
This latest attack on western Damascus by the Israeli Air Force will likely be the last of the year, as 2020 witnessed a large number of strikes carried out by Israel over the Syrian Arab Republic.
Israel has not commented on this latest attack.
It is noteworthy to mention that last Israeli attack on Syria took place on Christmas Eve; they targeted the Masyaf countryside in the western part of the Hama Governorate.