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Syria gave no details on casualties but said a civilian plastics factory was hit during the pre-dawn attack in Latakia.Syrian air defences have intercepted an Israeli attack on several areas in northwestern Syria, including the port city of Latakia along the Mediterranean coast, state media said.
The Israeli dawn attack on Wednesday also hit the town of Hifa, east of Latakia, and Masyaf in Hama province.
Earlier state media had reported explosions near Latakia, which were heard by residents across the city and its outskirts.
The Israeli military did not immediately comment. Israeli rarely acknowledges individual raids and attacks.
Syria gave no details on casualties but said a civilian plastics factory was hit in Latakia city.
Israel has escalated in recent months a so-called “shadow war” against Iranian-linked targets inside Syria, according to Western intelligence sources, who say the raids are mainly aimed at research centres for weapons development and military convoys moving missiles from Lebanon to Syria.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Israeli attacks in Syria have already killed dozens of government and allied fighters in recent months.
An attack by Israeli forces on several areas in Syria in January left 10 Syrian soldiers and at least 47 allied fighters dead.
Iran’s proxy militias led by Lebanon’s Hezbollah now hold sway over vast areas in eastern, southern and northwestern Syria, as well as several suburbs around Damascus.
They also control Lebanese-Syrian border areas.
Israel has said its goal is to end Tehran’s military presence in Syria, which Western intelligence sources say has expanded in recent years.
Syria’s state media says Israeli missiles have struck locations in northwestern towns, killing one person and wounding six
Syria says Israeli missile attack kills 1 person, wounds 6
Explosions could be heard in the Syrian coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, where Russian forces are based, as air defenses reportedly responded to Israeli missiles striking further inland, the state news agency SANA has said.
SANA named the targets of “Israeli aggression” as Al-Haffah, a town just northeast of Latakia, and Masyaf, located halfway between Tartus and Hama. The attack took place shortly after 3 am local time on Wednesday.SANA reported that the Israeli missiles struck a “civilian warehouse of plastic materials” in the Latakai countryside, killing one civilian and injuring two. Israel routinely launches missile strikes into Syria, against what Tel Aviv has called “Iranian targets.” Iran has been allied with the government in Damascus against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group and other militants, some affiliated with Al-Qaeda.The most recent strike, on April 22, targeted the vicinity of Damascus. A Syrian air defense missile fired in response ended up exploding on the ground near the Dimona nuclear complex in southern Israel.
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Russia sent an expeditionary force to Syria in September 2015, responding to a request from Damascus for assistance against IS and other terrorists. The main base of Russian aerospace forces in Syria is at Khmeimim, southeast of the city of Latakia. Moscow is also leasing the naval facilities at Tartus. Israeli jets normally avoid these facilities, but Wednesday’s strikes came unusually close. Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!