A strike in Damascus overnight Saturday attributed to Israel targeted Iranian officials meeting to advance the development of the drone or missile capabilities of Tehran’s proxies in Syria, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Five people were killed and more than a dozen injured in the alleged Israeli strike, which targeted a building in the city’s Kafr Sousa neighborhood and damaged several structures near a heavily guarded security complex linked to Iran.
The Israel Defense Forces did not comment on the report, in accordance with Jerusalem’s long standing policy regarding specific foreign operations.
A second source said the Iranians were attending a meeting of technical experts in an Iranian military installation in the basement of a residential building in a security compound. He said one of those killed was a Syrian army civil engineer who worked at Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, which Western countries say has produced chemical weapons.
Iran has provided immense support to leader Bashar al-Assad during Syria’s nearly 12-year conflict, and its efforts to entrench itself militarily in the country while arming terrorist outfits such as Hezbollah have prompted regular Israeli airstrikes.