On March 5, Syria said that Israel was carrying out airstrikes in central and southern parts of the country and that its air defences had engaged the missiles. Israel’s warplanes struck targets in central Syria stoking further instability in the region with tensions still running high between Turkey and Russia.
SANA news agency quoted a defence source saying that at 12.30 am on Thursday “our air defence observed Israeli warplane movement… several missiles were fired towards the central region
Earlier, in mid-February, Israeli strikes on Damascus airport killed seven Syrian and Iranian fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor.
Though Israeli generally abstain from taking responsibility for its strikes on Syria, they have admitted conducting hundreds to thousands of raids in the country since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011 directed against Iran and its proxies.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Israel’s airstrikes in Syria only add to the tensions and destabilize the region further. “We are concerned over Israel’s continued unilateral airstrikes on the Syrian territory in violation of the sovereignty,” she stated. “We are convinced that such arbitrary military actions undermine regional stability and heighten tensions,” Zakharova emphasised.