Israeli air strikes targeted Hezbollah weapons warehouses on the outskirts of Damascus at dawn on Tuesday, March 19, for the second time in 48 hours.

Israeli raids hit warehouses storing weapons for Hezbollah in Syria on Tuesday, the war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said, as a Syrian military source said air defenses had intercepted several missiles.

Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes in Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011, targeting Iran-backed forces including Hezbollah as well as Syrian Army positions.

The strikes have increased since Israel’s war with Palestinian militant group Hamas, a Hezbollah ally, began on October 7.

The SOHR said the latest strikes near the capital Damascus on Tuesday had destroyed weapons and ammunition, causing secondary explosions and fires.

A military source quoted by Syrian state media said Israeli “air aggression” had targeted several military positions near Damascus.

“Our air defenses took action and shot down several missiles,” the source added.

The Britain-based Observatory said it was the second such strike in two days, coming after raids on Sunday hit another Hezbollah weapons depot and a separate site near Damascus.

Earlier this month, an Israeli strike reportedly killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard and two other people in Banias on Syria’s Mediterranean coast.

The Israeli Army said last week that it had hit about 4,500 Hezbollah targets in Lebanon and Syria over the past five months.

Israel rarely comments on individual strikes but has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran to expand its presence in Syria.

With AFP