Cairo: According to official Syrian media reports, Israel launched an airstrike in southern Syria on Thursday. A soldier launched an attack on the border area. Israel expressed concern about the deployment of Iran-backed troops.
An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment on the report.
Israel has mounted frequent attacks against what it has described as Iranian targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have deployed over the last decade to support President Bashar Assad in Syria’s war.
Citing a military source, Syrian state news agency SANA said “the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial aggression,” firing missiles from the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in 1967.
Syrian air defenses shot down most of the rockets, SANA said. The attack led to “the martyrdom of a soldier and some material losses,” it added.
In 2019, then U.S. President Donald Trump broke with other world powers and recognized Israel as a sovereign state in the Golan Heights. Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981, a move that was not recognized internationally.