Two Killed in Israeli Strikes on Damascus

Two Killed in Israeli Strikes on Damascus

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Syrian state TV reported that two people were killed after an “Israeli attack” targeted a residential building in Damascus.

The strike damaged the fourth floor of a 10-storey building, shattered window glass on nearby buildings, and damaged dozens of cars parked in the area. An empty parked bus for the nearby Al-Bawader Private School was also damaged, and people were seen rushing to the school to collect their children.

Footage shared on social media, and verified by Al Jazeera, shows the charred facade of a beige multistorey building. Several windows appear to have been blown out and balconies destroyed. In a photo published by SANA, a blaze is visible in one flat that appeared to have been targeted.

Witnesses told the Reuters news agency that they heard back-to-back explosions followed by ambulances rushing to the scene. The AFP news agency reported that authorities cordoned off the area while firefighters were trying to extinguish the blaze.

The UK-based so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the blasts in Damascus this morning were “a result of a new Israeli targeting of Syrian territory”. Since the start of the year, SOHR says it has documented 13 Israeli attacks on Syrian territory: Eight air strikes and five rocket attacks by ground forces that killed at least 31 people.

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