Israeli Airstrike on Syria Leaves Two Dead, Seven Wounded
By: Laura Nayere
Israeli warplanes attacked Syrian military positions in the country’s central region early Wednesday, leaving two civilians dead and seven people wounded – six of them soldiers, Syrian officials told the Associated Press.
Syrian air defences attempted to intercept the Israeli jets above the city of Homs, reported state-run news agency SANA. An official said that Syria’s air defences shot down most of the missiles, adding that there was also some material damage, in addition to the casualties.
A Syrian opposition war monitor told the AFP that the strikes hit positions housing Syrian fighters loyal to Lebanon's Hezbollah group, west of the central city of Homs. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes killed four, including two who lost their lives when they were hit by parts of a Syrian surface-to-air missile that fell in the central city of Homs.
There was no comment from the Israeli military.
Over the years, Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled Syria and Iran but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations publicly. Israel has acknowledged, however, that it targets the bases of Iran-allied militias, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah group that has fighters deployed in Syria. In addition, it says it attacks arms shipments believed to be bound for the militias.
Hezbollah, the Shia Islamist party from Lebanon, is fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in the decade-old civil war. Israel says Iranian presence on its northern frontier is a red line, justifying its strikes on facilities and weapons inside Syria.
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