Air strike in Damascus, Syria
Air strike in Damascus, SyriaSANA/Handout via REUTERS

Syria on Sunday urged the United Nations to take necessary measures to deter Israel's attacks and hold it accountable, after a missile attack on the Syrian capital, Damascus, which Syria blamed on Israel.

"When Syria was trying to heal its wounds, bury its martyrs, and receive condolences, sympathy, and international humanitarian support in the face of the devastating earthquake, the Israelis launched an air aggression targeting civilian-populated neighborhoods," the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement quoted by the Xinhua news agency.

Israel has not commented on Saturday night’s attack, which some reports said targeted a warehouse of Iranian arms that were on their way to the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon.

Sources said there were fatalities in the attack but there were conflicting reports as to the number. While Syria's Health Ministry said three people were killed and five were injured, other reports said the death toll was as high as 13 or 15.

Syria said many residential buildings in Damascus and the city's countryside were damaged.

Local media reports said the missiles hit the upscale neighborhood of Kafar Sousah, the historic citadel of Damascus, and the al-Mazraa area.

Last month, a convoy of 25 trucks crossing the border from Iraq to Syria was attacked from the air. According to reports, the convoy which was attacked belongs to a pro-Iranian militia and it is very possible that it carried weapons.

Several weeks earlier, an air strike attributed to Israel hit the Damascus International Airport, killing two Syrian soldiers.

Following that attack, as well, the Syrian Foreign Ministry urged the United Nations to condemn the repeated Israeli missile strikes in Syria.