Syria claims Israeli jets carried out assaults in central province, including its army shot down many of the missiles.
Syrian state media claims Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles in central Syria area of Hama early on Friday, including that its air defence forces downed many of the missiles. It, nevertheless, didn’t give phrase on any casualties.
The state-run SANA information company quoted an unnamed army official as saying Friday’s assault happened shortly earlier than daybreak when Israeli warplanes flew over neighbouring Lebanon.
“At about 4 o’clock [02;00 GMT] within the morning in the present day, the Israeli enemy launched an aerial aggression with a barrage of missiles coming from the path of the Lebanese metropolis of Tripoli, aiming at some targets within the neighborhood of Hama governorate. Our air defences confronted the enemy’s missiles and downed most of them,” the report quoted a army supply as saying.
Israel has launched lots of of raids towards what it calls Iran-linked army targets in Syria through the years however not often acknowledges or discusses such operations. Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah have backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad within the civil battle by supplying army provides and fighters.
Friday’s assault was Israel’s first assault on Syria since US President Joe Biden took workplace. Israel has justified the assaults inside Syria, claiming Iran and Hezbollah pose a safety threat.
On January 13, Israeli warplanes carried out intense air assaults in jap Syria apparently hitting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces, killing no less than 57 fighters and wounding dozens – the worst assault in years.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition battle monitor that tracks Syria’s battle, mentioned it recorded 39 Israeli assaults inside Syria in 2020 that hit 135 targets, together with army posts, warehouses or automobiles.
The raids additionally come amid intensifying low-altitude Israeli warplane missions in Lebanese skies which have brought about jitters amongst residents.