BEIRUT (AP) – Israel carried out a missile attack near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its southern suburbs early Thursday, which injured four soldiers, Syrian media reported.

The state-run SANA news agency quoted an unidentified military official as saying that Syrian air defenses were able to shoot down most missiles before they hit their targets. SANA said some of the missiles were fired by Israeli fighter jets over neighboring Lebanon.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, reported that the Israeli strikes were targeting military posts near Damascus. He gave no further details.

Al-Manar TV of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said one of the Syrian air defense missiles exploded near the Lebanese-Syrian border and was heard in parts of southern Lebanon. He later said the missile crashed near the Lebanese border village of Houla.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iranian-linked military targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel views Iran’s entrenchment on its northern border as a red line, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-related facilities and weapons convoys bound for Hezbollah.

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