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Israeli missile strike on Damascus kills nine people: Report

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At least five Syrian soldiers were among nine people killed in Israeli air strikes near Damascus, in the deadliest such raid this year, a war monitor said on Wednesday.

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an ammunition depot and several positions linked to Iran’s military presence in Syria were among the targets.

Air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile strike near the capital, state media reported earlier on Wednesday.

“Our air defenses confronted an Israeli aggression over the outskirts of Damascus,” the SANA news agency said.

AFP correspondents in the Syrian capital said they heard loud explosions.

Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes inside the country, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and fighters of Lebanon’s Shia militant group Hezbollah.

While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes, it has acknowledged mounting hundreds since 2011.

The conflict in Syria has killed nearly half a million people and forced around half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.

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