Syrian media reported overnight Thursday that explosions were heard in and around the capital of Damascus following an air strike attributed to Israel. It was also reported that the country's air defense systems were activated following the strike.

The Syrian Army said that the Israel Air Force attacked several targets in the Damascus area from Lebanon's airspace and that the attack caused damage.

About two hours earlier, Syrian media reported another Israeli strike in the area of the Syrian capital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition organization based in London, reported that the attack attributed to Israel occurred at Damascus airport.

The Syrian Ministry of Defense stated that "Israel attacked several areas in the southern region. Our air defense dealt with the missiles and shot down most of them."

The ministry also said that damage was caused as a result of the attack.

Earlier this week, Iran accused Israel of eliminating senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander Reza Mousavi in an air strike attributed in Syria.

In early December, Syria claimed that Israel struck targets in the area of the capital Damascus and that the Syrian air defense systems were activated.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that the strike attributed to Israel targeted sites where there are military headquarters and ammunition depots of Hezbollah and the pro-Iranian militias.