Israeli Strike on Central, Southern Syria Intercepted, State Media Reports

'Several missiles were fired from Lebanese airspace,' state media said, quoting a military source

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An attack in Damascus, syria, Last month.
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Israeli planes struck central and southern Syria Thursday, Syrian state media and a military source reported. 

In the early hours, Israeli military planes fired several missiles from over Lebanese airspace towards the central area of Syria, the state-run Syrian news agency (SANA) cited a military source as saying. 

"Enemy missiles were immediately dealt with, preventing any of them from reaching their targets," the source said, according to SANA. The source did not specify which area was targeted in the central sector of Syria. 

The Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported that a Syrian soldier was killed and another four wounded in two strikes, citing sources from the Syrian military. Official Syrian media sites have not reported any casualties. The newspaper also reported that eight missiles had been fired at the airport near Homs, five of which were intercepted.

Israeli missiles also targeted areas in the southwestern countryside of Quneitra, in southern Syria, a Syrian military source said. He added that ground defense confronted the attack.

Israeli planes were also heard in some areas near the Lebanese southern coast. 

Last month a senior Hezbollah official in Syria was killed in an Israeli drone strike, Syrian opposition media report.

Syrian state TV reported that an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car in southern Syria, killing one person, who it says was a "civilian." Some other media outlets aligned with the Assad regime said he was a local policeman.

A week before, Syrian air defenses thwarted hostile targets in the town of Jableh in Latakia, Syrian state television reported. Shortly before that, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria's war, said suspected Israeli missiles targeted posts for Iranian-backed militias in the area between the Damascus International Airport and the Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood, south of the capital.

Also last month, Russia’s Defense Ministry said that a passenger jetliner in Syria was endangered by Israeli fighter jets that used it as shield while striking the suburbs of Damascus. Syrian state media reported that eight soldiers were wounded, while an opposition war monitoring group said that 23 people died in the strikes, which targeted army positions and Iran-backed fighters.

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