Separate Israeli and US air strikes in Syria targeted Iranian proxies late Wednesday night and in the early hours of Thursday, according to Syrian media and the Pentagon.
“At approximately 10:50 pm, the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack from the direction of Baalbek in Lebanon, targeting some military points in the southern region, causing some material losses,” the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said, quoting a military source.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Israel struck Hezbollah facilities near Damascus, as well as a Syrian air defense site. Israeli officials did not confirm the attacks.
Over the last several years, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes in Syria on positions and weapons belonging to Hezbollah, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and other proxy militias backed by Tehran, as well as Syrian army positions.
Israeli officials have acknowledged the strikes in a general way but rarely comment on specific attacks.
Meanwhile, a Pentagon official told reporters that US aircraft struck a weapons warehouse belonging to the IRGC in eastern Syria.
The strikes follow a rising number of attacks on US forces by Iran-backed militias. The official said the strike triggered secondary explosions, suggesting the presence of weapons.
The attack marked the second time since Oct. 27 that the US struck assets belonging to Iran and its proxy forces. The strikes were prompted by rocket and drone attacks on American forces stationed in Syria and Iraq.
According to the Pentagon, 45 US personnel have been injured in those attacks.