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23 Feb 2020 | 03:46 PM UTC

Syria: Unconfirmed reports of possible incoming airstrikes around Damascus February 23 /update 4

Unconfirmed sources claim anti-aircraft missiles target possible incoming Israeli airstrikes around Damascus February 23; further exchange of fire possible over the coming hours

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Event

Unconfirmed sources claim anti-aircraft missiles are targeting possible incoming Israeli airstrikes around Damascus on Sunday night (local time), February 23. Further details were not immediately reported.

Additional airstrikes and anti-aircraft fire from Syrian forces are possible around Damascus over the coming hours.

Context

The Israeli military has struck more than 200 targets in Syria over the past two years, 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.