Middle East Conflicts: Israeli airstrike in Damascus suburb targets Iran-backed fighters, claims two lives

Middle East Conflicts: The strike, reported by the pro-government Dama Post, hit the Aqraba area, situated on the edge of the southern Damascus suburb of Sayida Zeinab.

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Middle East Conflicts: An apparent Israeli airstrike targeted a Damascus suburb, Aqraba, on the outskirts of Sayida Zeinab, where Iran-backed fighters are active, resulting in the loss of two lives on Monday. The strike also caused material damage, as reported by an official from an Iranian-backed group. The incident follows recent developments, including an Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza and a drone attack near the Syrian border that claimed the lives of three U.S. troops.

Details of the Strike

The strike, reported by the pro-government Dama Post, hit the Aqraba area, situated on the edge of the southern Damascus suburb of Sayida Zeinab. While specific details were not provided, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights indicated that the target was a farm housing members of Lebanon's Iran-backed militant Hezbollah group and other factions supported by Iran.

Casualties and Material Damage

An official from one of the Iranian-backed groups, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that two Syrian citizens lost their lives in the strike. Notably, no Hezbollah members were reported injured. This incident comes after a recent Israeli strike in Damascus, where a building used by the Iranian paramilitary Revolutionary Guard was destroyed, resulting in at least five Iranian casualties.

Ongoing Tensions in the Region

The Middle East is witnessing heightened tensions, evident in the continuous Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza and the drone attack that targeted U.S. troops near the Syrian border. Israel has been actively involved in the region, conducting airstrikes on government-controlled parts of Syria, targeting bases of Iran-allied militant groups like Hezbollah.

Israel's Stance and Previous Actions

Israel, while rarely acknowledging its actions in Syria, has consistently stated that its targets include bases of Iran-allied militant groups. These groups, including Hezbollah, have been supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. Israel's actions in Syria have been frequent, with hundreds of strikes reported in recent years, often targeting locations associated with Iran-backed factions.

Recent Developments

Last month, a presumed Israeli airstrike in Sayida Zeinab resulted in the death of Iranian Gen. Seyed Razi Mousavi, a prominent adviser to the Iranian paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in Syria. Israel's actions have extended beyond Syrian borders, as evidenced by a January strike in Beirut, which targeted and killed top Hamas commander Saleh Arouri.

The situation remains fluid, with tensions escalating in the region, and the international community closely monitoring developments.