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20 Nov 2019 | 02:32 AM UTC

Syria: Israeli military confirms airstrikes in Damascus November 20 /update 1

Syria News Alert

Israeli military representatives confirm airstrikes on targets in Damascus on November 20; no casualties reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/19/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Damascus). COUNTRY/REGION Damascus

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Event

Representatives of the Israeli military confirmed on Wednesday, November 20, that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out airstrikes on targets in south and southwest Damascus on the night (local time) of Tuesday, November 20. According to the IDF, the airstrikes targeted weapons depots and military bases belonging to the Iranian Quds Force and the Syrian Armed Forces. Syrian defense systems reportedly intercepted some of the missiles. Officials did not immediately announce any damages or casualties.

Similar airstrikes and retaliatory strikes are possible in the near term.

Context

Over the past year and a half, the Israeli military has struck more than 200 targets in Syria, many of which have been arms depots and military facilities allegedly receiving arms and fighters from Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group.

Advice

Individuals in Damascus are advised to monitor developments, seek shelter, avoid nonessential travel and affected areas, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.

 

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