The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a strike targeting Iranian subjects in the region of Damascus; Speculation suggests that this strike was in response to the suspected Iranian attack on an Israeli cargo ship last week.

Following a suspected Iranian attack on an Israeli cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, Israel’s military conducted a strike on Iranian military interests in Syria overnight on Sunday. The attack took place in the southern portion/outskirts of Damascus in a town called Set Zaynab, which is rumored to be heavily influenced – if not controlled – by the Iranians.

Syrian air defense systems were activated after multiple projectiles were fired from the area of the Golan Heights, which is where the southern border of Syria meets the northern border of Israel. A Syrian report from the military claimed that most of the missiles were shot down, but reports have said similar things in the past when significant damage was dealt. The extent of the damage remains unknown at this time. However, at least one source is reporting that no casualties occurred.

Aside from the attack potentially being in response to Iranian aggression, it is a common reoccurrence for Israel’s military to act preemptively in order to prevent Iranian entrenchment inside of Syria – something that Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said is almost a weekly occurrence.