Explosions rocked areas on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on December 9th, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The war monitor said that the blasts were caused by national air defence missiles fired to deter opposition projectiles targeting areas near the Damascus International Airport and the capital’s outskirts. No casualties have been reported so far.
Several sources concurred that Israeli rocket shells may have triggered the response from the country’s air defences, leading to the reported explosions. Senior Israeli officials had previously confirmed that Israel has carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years. Iranian forces and proxy militias, namely the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, have been a key backer of the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar Al-Assad.
Israel’s Syrian strikes have been largely ignored by Russia, the regime’s big-power backer. They have been supported by the United States.
Raising regional tensions, the Syrian regime has allowed for Iran to set up a permanent garrison in Syria, effectively forming an extended front for its Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.