UPDATE: The Syrian Defense Ministry confirmed the attack and said that its forces had responded to “a new Israeli aggression”.
“The general command of the armed forces holds Israel fully responsible for the dangerous consequences for its repeated, aggressive and uncalculated adventures,” the military said in a statement.
According to the released statement, the attack took place at 3:42 local time.
BREAKING: Israeli raids reported in vicinity of Syrian capital of Damascus. Explosions heard, surface to air responses reported. pic.twitter.com/yBq6gdb28u
— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) 7 February 2018
Overnight on February 7, the Israeli Air Force fired three missiles at a target in the Damascus countryside. The strike was allegedly aimed at a technology research center in the Jemraya area. According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Air Defense Forces shot down at least one missile.
— Ivan Sidorenko (@IvanSidorenko1) 7 February 2018
Following the incident, the Syrian media accused Tel Aviv of supporting terrorists in Syria with these strikes and said that the attack is linked with the collapse of ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in eastern Idlib and northeastern Hama.
The Israeli media argued that the attack is aimed at defending the Israeli national interests and the targeted facility is used to produce chemical weapons.