WAR DRUMS - Israel Conducts Airstrikes at Syrian Artillery Near DamascusThe Israeli Air Force has carried out airstrikes against an artillery position of the Syrian Army near the town of Zabadani, around 45 km (28 miles) from Syria’s capital Damascus, a military source told Sputnik on Thursday. “Israeli Air Force planes carried out airstrikes at an artillery position belonging to the Syrian Army,” the source said.

“The artillery was used to help the army repel attacks from militants in the eastern part of Zabadani.” The source added that Islamist militants attacked Syrian army positions on the east side of Zabadani in the early hours of Thursday. The Syrian military, supported by the artillery shelling, managed to repel the attack after a three-hour battle.  After the Israeli Air Force carried out the airstrike, militants reportedly launched a second assault attempt, also repelled by the government’s forces, according to the source. FULL REPORT