Two people were wounded on Wednesday in an explosion in the southwestern Syrian city of Daraa, Syrian state media reported.

Local residents reported hearing the blast, and photographs posted online showed smoke billowing from the center of the city, which is located near the borders with Israel and Jordan.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights SOHR, which is affiliated with the Syrian opposition and is based in London, reported on Wednesday that one of the two casualties was an intelligence officer in the Syrian military.

The watchdog group also claimed that the blast was cause by a bomb planted by operatives in a vehicle. Gunfire was then heard in the vicinity, according to the report.

Meanwhile, flights were set to resume at Damascus International Airport on Thursday, two weeks following an airstrike that caused serious damage to the facility, official Syrian media reported on Wednesday.

The June 10 airstrike, attributed by Syria to Israel, caused significant damage to infrastructure and runways and rendered the main runway unserviceable.

Repair work has been ongoing since the strike, while flights have been mostly diverted to the international airport in the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.

The IDF has declined to comment on the Damascus airport airstrike. The facility is located just south of the capital, where Syrian opposition activists say Iran-backed militias are active and have arms depots.

Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

On June 13, Jerusalem warned Syrian leader Bashar Assad that one of his palaces would be added to its target bank if he continues to allow Tehran to transfer “quality weapons” to Syria and Hezbollah.

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.


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