Israel Kills 2 Islamic Jihad Fighters in Air Raids in Syria

The Attack Happened Shortly after the Killing of a Member of Islamic Jihad's Armed Wing


At least two Islamic Jihad fighters were killed in an airstrike in Damascus on Sunday night, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) armed group said.

Israel confirmed that it conducted an air raid on the Syrian capital as well as in the Gaza Strip. Several explosions were heard in the region shortly before midnight local time (22:00 GMT).

Although the attack happened near the Damascus international airport, the Syrian state news agency SANA said the airport was not hit and that “most of the enemy missiles were shot down before reaching their targets.”

The PIJ, which operates in the occupied Palestinian territories and Syria, reportedly fired more than 20 rockets from Gaza on Sunday.

The latest wave of fighting happened shortly after Israel’s killing of a Palestinian member of the Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, Mohammed Ali al-Naim, on Sunday.