One Killed in Israeli Airstrike in Southern Syria, Reports Say

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Smoke rises in the countryside of Damascus, Syria following what Syrian state media said was an Israeli airstrike, in 2021.
Smoke rises in the countryside of Damascus, Syria following what Syrian state media said was an Israeli airstrike, in 2021.Credit: Omar Sanadiki /AP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

One person was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the village of Hader near Quneitra province, Syrian media outlets reported on Wednesday.

According to the reports, the individual was identified as Farid Fuad Mustafa. He was a Hader resident and a member of a local militia supported by the Syrian army.

Residents of the Druze town of Majdal Shams, north of the Golan Heights, told Haaretz that in recent hours Israeli fighter helicopters and drones were seen in the area.

On Saturday, two people, including a woman, were wounded after an Israeli airstrike on a coastal Syrian village a few kilometers north of the Lebanon border, state media said.

The attack was the second since a June 10 airstrike on the international airport in the Syrian capital of Damascus caused significant damage to infrastructure and runways and rendered the main runway unusable. The airport was closed for two weeks and flights resumed on June 23.

Israel has staged hundreds of strikes against targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel says it targets bases of Iran-allied militias, such as Hezbollah, which has fighters deployed in Syria fighting on the side of President Bashar Assad’s government forces and ships arms believed to be bound for the militias.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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