Following Austria's announcement that it will withdraw its peacekeepers from the Golan Heights, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a surprise proposal to send Russian troops to replace them.
The blast reportedly hit near an intelligence office in Damascus. Separately, Syrian officials say they repelled Israeli missiles near Damascus' airport, while Israel says it intercepted a rocket in Golan Heights.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed support for Israel's policy of targeting Iranian forces in Syria. She told Israeli radio that Germany was working to keep Iranian military units away from the Israeli border.
Syria's complex and devastating civil war has drawn in multiple foreign powers since it broke out in 2011. With Russia and Turkey seeking new solutions, DW examines where the major players stand on the conflict.
Suspected Israeli warplanes have attacked Iranian and Hezbollah targets near Damascus. It comes days after Netanyahu said Israel may expand military action against Iran.
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