Israeli strikes near Syria capital kill three civilians

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BEIRUT: Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near Damascus yesterday, the Syrian military said, claiming the country’s air defenses shot most of them down. The strike killed three civilians and wounded four, according to state media.

The military statement, carried by state media, said the attack took place around dawn. It gave no further details about the attack or what it targeted specifically. Syrian state TV said the attacks occurred near Damascus.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said the strikes hit targets belonging to Iran and its regional proxies, including Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah. group It had no immediate word on casualties among the fighters.

Syria’s state SANA news agency said shrapnel from the Israeli missiles hit homes in the Damascus suburbs of Hajjira and Adlieh, killing three people there and wounding four. Israel did not comment on the Syrian report.  —Agencies

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