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Israeli airstrike on Damascus kills son of senior Islamic Jihad official

The house of an Islamic Jihad figure was targeted in strikes [Getty]

Date of publication: 12 November, 2019

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Israeli airstrikes in Damascus have hit the home of an Islamic Jihad commander, killing his son.
An Israeli strike on Damascus on Tuesday targeted the home of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad figure, Syrian state news reported, as further strikes targeted the militant group in Gaza

Two rockets targeted the home of a senior figure of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group at dawn, Akram al-Ajouri, "killing his son Muadh and another person", SANA said.

A civilian, Abdullah Yousef Hassan, was also killed in the attack, SANA reported.

Ten people were also injured in the strike, which partially destroyed a three-storey building in an area close to the Lebanese embassy.

The Islamic Jihad group confirmed al-Ajouri's son had been killed in the attack, which comes as a commander from the group was also killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza.

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"The home of a member of the political bureau of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine, Akram al-Ajouri, was also targeted in Damascus, killing one of his sons," it said.

The Israeli army did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AFP.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on Iranian-linked targets in Syria, since war broke out in 2011.

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