Syria Says Two Killed in Israeli Strike That Reportedly Targeted Hezbollah Allies

Israeli officials deny earlier reports of a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that crossed into Israel following the strike in the Homs area

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An attack near Damascus that was attributed to Israel, last month.
An attack near Damascus that was attributed to Israel, last month.Credit: Omar Sanadiki / AP

An Israeli attack on Syria's central Homs region killed two civilians, Syrian state TV said Wednesday. An opposition war monitor put the death toll at four.

One civilian and six soldiers were also injured in the strike, according to official media.

According to the report, Syria's air defenses were activated in response to the Israeli attack.

Israeli military officials said that earlier reports of an anti-aircraft missile fired by Syrian forces crossing into Israel were false, and no breach of Israeli airspace has been confirmed.

According to the officials, a Syrian missile exploded over the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Lebanon's Tyre.

"An Israeli air aggression targeted parts of the central region, and the air defenses are responding," official media said.

State media quoted an unnamed military official as saying the warplanes fired missiles while flying over the airspace of neighboring Lebanon. State news agency SANA quoted the official as saying that the strike occurred at 1:26 A.M.

The official said that Syria’s air defenses shot down most of the missiles, adding that in addition to the casualties there was also some material damage.

A Syrian opposition war monitor said the strikes hit positions housing Syrian fighters loyal to Lebanon's Hezbollah group, west 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.

Last week, Syrian media reported that Israel had launched two missiles from the Golan Heights at an empty building south of Damascus. According to the report, one of the missiles was intercepted and there were no casualties.

There have been several attacks in Syria attributed to Israel recently. Last week, Syria announced that Israel was attacking the Homs area.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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