Israel Strikes Syria “In Response To Iranian Attack” On Israeli Commercial Ship, Syrian Media Report

Damage to the Israeli-owned cargo vessel Helios Ray

(TJVNEWS) Syrian state television is reporting new Israeli airstrikes against the capital of Damascus on Sunday.

SANA state news said thatĀ Syrian air defenses were active in responseĀ to an “Israeli aggression in the vicinity of Damascus”Ā after explosions were heard above the capital, according toĀ Reuters. The strike was reportedly near the international airport.

Israeli public broadcasting is reporting it’s inĀ response to the “Iranian attack on an Israeli ship near the Gulf of Oman this weekend”.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz hadĀ announced Saturday as part ofĀ an “initial assessment” that Tel Aviv believes Iran was behind aĀ bomb attack on the car-carrier vessel, identified as theĀ Helios Ray. “Iran is looking to hit Israeli infrastructure and Israeli citizens,”Ā Defense Minister Benny Gantz had said in prior remarks, according toĀ Reuters.Ā “The location of the ship in relative close proximity to Iran raises the notion, the assessment, that it is the Iranians,”Ā he said.