Four Syrian soldiers were killed and three others wounded in an Israeli airstrike on targets in the Damascus area early on Wednesday, according to Syrian state media.

“At about 12:41 a.m. on Wednesday, the Israeli enemy launched an aerial act of aggression with bursts of missiles from the direction of Tiberias targeting some sites in the vicinity of Damascus,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported, citing a military source.

“Four soldiers were martyred and three others were injured in the aggression, which also caused some material damages,” the report stated.

U.K.-based war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that explosions were heard in multiple locations in Rif Dimashq Governorate in southwestern Syria, and that missiles had struck targets near Damascus International Airport. Other targeted sites hosted “military positions and Iranian militias,” according to SOHR.

Since 2013, Israel has been engaged in a campaign to disrupt Iranian attempts to smuggle high quality weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon via Syria, and to stop Iran from building military attack bases on Syrian soil that threaten it.

The program to stop Iranian entrenchment and Hezbollah force build-up is dubbed “the campaign between wars” by the Israeli defense establishment.

The Israel Defense Forces declined to comment on the Syrian reports.

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