The Israeli military said early on August 25 that its warplanes had struck several Iranian military positions near the town of Aqraba south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, preventing a large attack on its territory.
According to the Israeli military’s claims, operatives of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated units were preparing to launch several armed drones at Israeli positions.
“The IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] is prepared to continue defending the State of Israel against any attempts to harm it and holds Iran and the Syrian regime directly responsible for the thwarted attack,” the Israeli Air Force (IAF) wrote on Twitter.
Syrian sources reported several explosions in the vicinity of Damascus in the late hours of August 24. Several anti-aircraft missiles were also launched by the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF).
A Syrian military official told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) the SyAADF was able to intercept several hostile missiles.
“At 23:30 our air-defense systems detected hostile targets coming from above the Golan Heights towards the vicinity of Damascus … So far, most of the hostile Israel missiles have been destroyed before they could reach their targets,” the official said.
The situation is expected to escalate further. Israeli sources reported that the Iron Dome anti-rocket system was deployed in the northern part of the country, while Syrian activists are talking about possible casualties.