Syria: Three Soldiers Killed in Israeli Attack in West, Damascus Suburbs

Three more reportedly wounded in Israeli strikes against Syrian regime forces and Iran-backed militias in the coastal region of Tartus and near the capital

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FILE PHOTO: An airstrike in Syria.
FILE PHOTO: A previous airstrike in Syria.Credit: Hassan Ammar/AP
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Three Syrian soldiers were killed as Israel struck targets in the country's west late Sunday, according to state media.

Syria's official news agency SANA said its air defenses were responding to "hostile targets" over the coastal region of Tartus, after reporting blasts in the area.

A Syrian military source told the agency that missiles were fired by Israeli planes from over Lebanese territory and also hit targets in Damascus suburbs.

The Israeli military declined to comment on reports of a possible strike in Syria.

The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said emergency responders were dispatched to the area of the village of Abu Afsa to treat casualties and evacuate bodies. State media said that apart from the fatalities, three soldiers were wounded.

According to the observatory, the strikes targeted sites used by Syrian regime forces and Iran-backed militias. A Syrian air defense base was hit, the war monitor said.

This was Israel's 19th strike in Syria since the start of the year, the observatory added.

Over the weekend, Syrian state media reported that two people were wounded in an Israeli strike near Quneitra, in the Golan Heights. Israel hasn't commented on the reports, and rarely admits its military activity in Syria.

According to a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an Israeli tank fired three shells at two figures who approached the armistice line between Israel and Syria, near the town of al-Hamidiyah.

In July, Syrian media reported that Israel launched airstrikes targeting Syrian military positions around Damascus, killing eight people, including three soldiers, wounding seven others, and causing material damage.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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