Israel’s air strikes targeted the Damascus region overnight, as reported by the Syrian Defense Ministry, the strikes hit air defense sites that host Hezbollah fighters according to a war monitor.

Israeli air strikes hit the Damascus region overnight Sunday, the Syrian Defense Ministry said, with a war monitor reporting five wounded in attacks on air defense sites that host Hezbollah fighters.

“At around 11:45 pm (2045 GMT), the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial attack,” the Defense Ministry said.

It targeted “certain positions in the vicinity of Damascus”, but anti-aircraft defenses came into action and brought down several missiles, according to the ministry.

It reported material damage but no casualties.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government air defense sites near Damascus where fighters from the Iran-backed Hezbollah group are present were targeted.

One site north of the capital was around 10 kilometers (six miles) from the Lebanese border, it said, reporting five wounded.

Another site between the airport and the Sayyida Zeinab area southeast of the capital where Iran-backed forces are present was also targeted, added the Britain-based war-monitor, which has a vast network of sources on the ground in Syria.

Israeli air strikes on Syria’s Aleppo airport area in the country’s north early this month left nine dead, the Observatory said, citing a revised toll for that incident, which put the facility out of service.

Israel rarely comments on the strikes on a case-by-case basis, but says it seeks to prevent Iran from establishing a foothold on its doorstep.

Miroslava Salazar with AFP