The Israeli Air Force has once again struck at targets inside Syria, this time a suspected weapons depot belonging to Iran-backed Hezbollah on the outskirts of the capital of Damascus.

“Israeli warplanes targeted with rocket fire a weapons depot belonging to Hezbollah near the airport,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Not only is the attack not Israel’s first inside Syria, it’s also not the first time IDF warplanes have struck at suspected Hezbollah weapons depots, which have been growing since Iran has been increasing its aid to Syria and influence in the country.

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Israel has for years carried out airstrikes in Syrian territory to contain and destroy the military infrastructure of its enemies, including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles, as well as Hezbollah outposts.

An Israeli air raid on a depot controlled by the Syrian regime two weeks ago hit a supply of chemical weapons being transferred to Hezbollah. Earlier this week, a Hezbollah drone was shot down by an Israeli Air Force Patriot missile, after it entered the demilitarized zone on the Israel-Syria border. In January, Israeli jets struck a military airfield near Damascus in an attempt to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining highly-accurate Iranian surface-to-surface missiles.

Israel is becoming increasingly concerned about Iran’s strengthening position inside Syria as the six-year-old civil war appears to be winding down, with Damascus coming out the clear winner. We will have much more in-depth analysis on this issue in the 6 October Strategic Intelligence Summary. Subscribe now by clicking here.