(TJVNEWS) Syrian state television is reporting new Israeli airstrikes against the capital of Damascus on Sunday.
— EHA News (@eha_news) February 28, 2021
SANA state news said that Syrian air defenses were active in response to an “Israeli aggression in the vicinity of Damascus” after explosions were heard above the capital, according to Reuters. The strike was reportedly near the international airport.
Israeli public broadcasting is reporting it’s in response to the “Iranian attack on an Israeli ship near the Gulf of Oman this weekend”.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz had announced Saturday as part of an “initial assessment” that Tel Aviv believes Iran was behind a bomb attack on the car-carrier vessel, identified as the Helios Ray. “Iran is looking to hit Israeli infrastructure and Israeli citizens,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz had said in prior remarks, according to Reuters. “The location of the ship in relative close proximity to Iran raises the notion, the assessment, that it is the Iranians,” he said.