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Thursday, March 23, 2023

At least 15 killed in Israeli missile attack on a residential building in Damascus

News ECG: According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Israeli forces attacked a residential building in Damascus, killing up to 15 people, including civilians. According to the state news agency, the Israeli airstrikes only two weeks after a significant earthquake rattled the area early on Sunday morning hit a residential neighborhood in central Damascus.

According to witnesses and officials speaking to Reuters, the rocket hit a well-guarded security complex near Iranian installations. Israeli airstrikes often target locations close to Damascus but infrequently attack local civilian areas.

The strike that took place close to an Iranian cultural center resulted in the deaths of 15, including civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to sources, the attack took place in Kafar Sousah, a high-security district of the Syrian capital that is home to senior security officers, security divisions, and intelligence offices.

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The report stated that the targeted attack caused damage to several buildings in the heavily populated area adjacent to Omayyad Square in the center of the capital. According to local media reports, the capital reportedly heard huge explosions at 12:30 a.m. local time. Syrian air defenses were “confronting hostile targets in the sky around Damascus,” the state news agency SANA said.

According to a statement from Syria’s defense ministry, an Israeli enemy aircraft attacked various areas in Damascus and its surroundings around 00:22 (2222 GMT) from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights, including civilian districts.

A 10-story building was severely damaged during the impact, destroying the structure of its lower floors, according to a video aired on state media. The bombing comes a day after a reported IS attack on Saturday left 53 people dead in the central desert province of Homs.

According to Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the British-based Observatory, which has a vast network of informants inside Syria, “the strike on Sunday marks the bloodiest Israeli bombing on the Syrian capital.” Israel has been conducting airstrikes on Iranian-sponsored personnel and weapon deployments in the neighboring Syrian territory.

Israel has been conducting airstrikes on alleged Iranian-sponsored personnel and weapon deployments in neighboring Syria for almost ten years. Israel has vowed that it won’t allow Iran to affect its boundaries. Israel’s military launched missiles into the capital of Syria’s international airport on January 2, killing two soldiers and injuring two more.

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