Just days after a rare daytime airstrike against Hezbollah fighters in Damascus on Saturday, the Israeli Air Force reportedly carried out missile strikes against Iranian proxy militias in the Zakia region outside of Damascus.

Syrian News site SANA reported that surface-to-surface missiles launched from northern Israel struck the Zakia region and caused only “material damage” shortly after 1 a.m. on Wednesday. It gave no reports on casualties or details on the targets hit.

“The Israeli enemy launched an aerial aggression with a number of missiles,” SANA news quoted a military source as saying. SANA made no mention of any air defense missiles being fired. 

Official Syrian sources frequently claim to have shot down the majority of missiles launched against them. 

Israel did not comment on the strikes, as per its usual policy. It has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against Syrian and Iranian targets since the Syrian Civil War began more than a decade ago.

The Capital Post claims that the Israelis targets included a weapons storehouse and a base for the Iranian militias. According to the report, the entire storehouse and its weapons were destroyed. The weapons had recently been transferred to the storehouse.

Israeli missile strike in Syria
Israeli missile strike in Syria in February. (Syrian Observatory of Human Rights)

The missile strike also hit a vehicle carrying Hezbollah leaders, and an air defense missile battery, according to the report. 

The use of surface-to-surface missiles, in lieu of aircraft launched missiles, could be explained due to a recent meeting between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a staunch ally of Assad’s regime.