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23 Dec 2019 | 12:25 AM UTC

Syria: Suspected Israeli airstrikes target Damascus area December 22

Suspected Israeli airstrikes hit the wider Damascus area on December 22; no casualties initially reported

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Event

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly conducted several airstrikes on targets near Damascus, and in the wider Rif Dimashq governorate at approximately 23:00 (local time) on Sunday, December 22, according to Syrian state media. Initial media reports indicate that the missiles originated from the Lebanese coast and the Golan Heights, and were targeting weapons depots, including in Aqraba. Local officials did not immediately announce any damages or casualties.

Similar airstrikes and retaliatory strikes are possible in the near term.

Context

Over the past year and a half, the Israeli military has struck more than 200 targets in Syria, many of which have been arms depots and military facilities allegedly receiving arms and fighters from Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group.

Advice

Individuals in Damascus are advised to monitor developments, seek shelter, avoid nonessential travel and affected areas, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.