A series of powerful explosions reverberated through the early morning silence in the vicinity of the Syrian capital on August 13, causing panic among residents and raising questions about the origin and objectives of the attacks. As of now, no official statement has been released by government authorities detailing the source or intended targets of these explosions.
The recurrent sounds of the blasts were confirmed both by state media and eyewitnesses in Damascus. The absence of immediate information has fueled speculation about potential involvement by external actors. In past instances, such occurrences have often been attributed to Israeli airstrikes, which are frequently met with Syrian air defense systems aiming to intercept and neutralize incoming missiles.
As per the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, the explosion emanated from a warehouse suspected to be storing rockets intended for Iran-backed militias. However, the Observatory has refrained from definitively confirming whether the incident was a result of an Israeli strike. The extent of casualties or injuries, if any, remains uncertain at this point.
The most recent recorded Israeli air strike was on August 7, during which Syrian state media reported attacks in regions surrounding Damascus. The strikes reportedly led to the deaths of at least four Syrian army soldiers. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has indicated that these strikes targeted depots housing weapons, ammunition, and positions affiliated with Iran-backed militias in the vicinity of Damascus.
Israel, which has persistently voiced its determination to curb Iranian influence within its neighboring countries, has undertaken numerous covert operations against targets situated within government-controlled sectors of Syria in recent years. However, Israeli officials rarely acknowledge their involvement in such actions, maintaining a strategic veil of secrecy around their military operations.
Additionally, Israel has previously aimed at disrupting air traffic by targeting international airports in Damascus and Aleppo, resulting in temporary closures and significant operational disruptions.