On January 13, Israeli warplanes targeted the eastern Syrian cities of Deir Ezzor and Al Bukamal, as well as the town of al-Mayadin, in the deadliest Israeli airstrike on Syria in recent years, killing 57.
The Guardian reports that it is less than a week since the last wave of Israeli strikes in Syria. On Thursday, Israel targeted military positions in the south and in the southern outskirts of Damascus.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syria since civil war broke out in 2011, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as Syrian government troops.
Israel rarely acknowledges individual strikes but has done so when responding to what it describes as “aggression inside Israeli territory”.
It hit around 50 targets in Syria in 2020, according to an annual report released by its military. Israel routinely carries out raids in Syria, mostly against targets linked to Iran in what it says is a bid to prevent its arch foe from consolidating a foothold on its northern border.
The latest raids came hours after separate strikes near the Iraqi border killed at least 12 Iran-backed militia fighters on Tuesday. The Observatory said it could not identify the warplanes responsible for the earlier strikes.
The war in Syria has killed more than 387,000 people and displaced millions more since it erupted after the brutal repression of anti-government protests.