According to the state media of Syria and Iran, an Iranian consultant was killed in an Israeli airstrike that struck the suburbs of the capital city of Syria early on Friday for the second day in a row.
Just after midnight on Thursday, loud explosions were heard across Damascus, according to citizens of the capital and the state news agency SANA. Following similar attacks early on Thursday, there were airstrikes.
SANA reported that Syrian air defenses encountered “hostile targets” and that the attack resulted in physical harm. According to SANA, several Israeli missiles were shot down by air defenses.
Milad Heidari, an Iranian military advisor, was reportedly killed in what Iran’s state television described as an early-morning Israeli “criminal strike” in Syria on Friday.
The story referred to Heidari as a “guard of Islam,” without specifying his position, and claimed he was a part of the Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary organization.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor based in Britain, an arms depot for the government troops and organizations supported by Iran was the target of the raids.
In recent years, Israel has attacked several targets inside the government-controlled areas of Syria, including the airports in Aleppo and Damascus, but it rarely publicly admits any particular attacks.
Israel claims to attack the bases of militant organizations with ties to Iran, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has dispatched thousands of soldiers to aid Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Last week, an Israeli airstrike on the Aleppo airport rendered it inoperable for two days.
In an apparent effort to stop Iranian arms shipments to militant groups supported by Tehran, such as Hezbollah, Israel has also attacked seaports in government-held portions of Syria.