Airstrikes from Israel that hit a neighborhood in Syria’s Damascus known to have heavily-guarded Iranian installations have killed at least five people, according to Syrian state news.
Syrian state media agency SANA reported, citing a military source, that Israel had carried out airstrikes targeting several areas in Syria’s capital shortly after midnight on Sunday morning.
Loud explosions were heard over the capital around 12:30 a.m. local time.
The strike hit central Damascus’s densely populated neighborhood of Kafr Sousa, a heavily guarded area where residents say several Iranian security agencies are located, including a major cultural centre. The neighborhood was where pro-Iran Hezbollah’s top commander Imad Moughniyeh was killed in 2008 in a bombing.
At least five people were killed, with a soldier among the five dead, SANA reported, citing the military source. At least another 15 people, all civilians, were wounded, several of whom were listed in critical condition. The source said that the missile came from the direct of Golan Heights.
Footage posted by state media showed a 10-story building badly damaged, with its lower floor structures crushed, per Arab News.