Syria: Israel Fires Missiles on Central Town, Defense Systems Activated

This is the third reported airstrike within a week against targets affiliated with the Syrian regime ■ A Syrian military source says that five people were killed and seven were injured, including a child

A missile intercepted over Damascus, in 2018.
A missile intercepted over Damascus, in 2018.Credit: OMAR SANADIKI / Reuters

Israeli missiles targeted central Syria on Friday, killing five people, including a civilian, and ignited fires in farmlands in the area, Syrian state media reported.

The official news agency SANA said the missiles were fired at the town of Masyaf in the Hama countryside, adding that several of them were shot down by Syrian air defenses. An unnamed military official was quoted as saying that five people were killed, including a civilian, and seven were wounded.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syria war monitor, said Israeli aircraft fired at least eight missiles that struck weapons depots and sites belonging to Iranian militias in the Masyaf area, which led to several fires. Ambulances were seen rushing to the area, it added.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military on the attack, which the Observatory said was the 12th Israeli attack on Syrian territory since the beginning of the year. The Observatory has a network of activists on the ground in Syria.

On Wednesday, SANA reported that Israel hit targets near the village of Khader in the southern Quneitra province. No casualties were reported, but damage was caused to property.

Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya reported that the attack targeted Hezbollah posts in the Quneitra area.

On Saturday, the Observatory reported an airstrike in Deir el-Zour, an eastern province that has seen a growing presence of Iran-backed forces. Syria didn't say who was responsible for the strike.

According to the watchdog, affiliated with the Syrian opposition, several explosions were heard in the area that is controlled by the Syrian regime and Iran-backed militias.

Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

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