Syria says Israeli air strikes near Damascus have killed 3 soldiers and wounded 7.

Syrian state media reported that Israeli warplanes launched a series of airstrikes on areas near the Syrian capital, Damascus, shortly after midnight on Friday, killing three soldiers and wounding seven others.

Violent explosions were heard in both the Syrian capital and northern Israel, according to local reports.

The state-run Radio and Television Corporation (SANA), quoting a military source, said that most of the missiles fired from the Golan Heights were intercepted.

The Syrian military claims to have shot down incoming missiles after nearly every alleged Israeli raid, an assertion that Israeli military officials and civil defense analysts largely dismiss as empty bragging.

The military source also said that the sites that were bombed were damaged, without clarifying the extent or nature of the targets.

A site in the suburb of Sayyida Zainab, south of Damascus, was damaged, according to local media reports and photos spread on social media.

SANA reported that there were casualties in the air strikes, without specifying the ranks and identities of the dead and wounded.

There was no comment from the IDF, which does not comment on individual strikes, except for those that came in response to specific attacks against Israel.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in the past decade, mostly to thwart attempts by Iranian forces to transfer weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, or to establish a foothold on Israel’s northern border.

Israeli strikes in Syrian airspace, which is largely controlled by Russia, have continued, even as relations with Moscow have deteriorated in recent weeks.

Israel has found itself at odds with Russia as it increasingly supports Ukraine, while seeking to maintain freedom of movement in the skies over Syria.

The last blow in Syria attributed to Israel was on July 6, when a Syrian soldier was killed in an Israeli attack Drone attack Near the border with Israel.

Prior to that, on July 2, Israel reportedly attacked a position in the town of Hamidiyahsouth of Tartus, near the border with Lebanon.

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