Five Killed in Israeli Attack on Hezbollah Arms Convoy Near Damascus, Report Says

Syrian state media blamed Israel for the surface-to-surface missile attack, which was unusually conducted in broad daylight

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Airstrike in Damascus, Syria, January 2019
Airstrike in Damascus, Syria, January 2019 Credit: SANA / AP

Five people were reportedly killed in a rare daytime missile strike outside Damascus, according to a Syrian rights watchdog. The attack was attributed by Syrian state media to Israel. 

The strike targeted a shipment of weapons intended for Hezbollah and making its way to Lebanon, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Syrian state media initially reported that the strikes wounded two soldiers and caused material damage, but that air defenses managed to intercept some, but not all, of the surface-to-surface missiles.

Smoke erupts in the area near Damascus from a strike attributed to Israel.Credit: Jack Khoury

Israel, alarmed by Iran's growing regional influence and military presence in Syria, says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria to slow down Iranian entrenchment. 

Reuters contributed to this report.

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