Syrian air defences on Tuesday intercepted an Israeli missile strike over the capital Damascus, state media reported, whereas army defectors mentioned the missiles could have focused Iranian-backed militias.
“Syrian air defences intercepted an Israeli aggression coming from Lebanese airspace,” state media mentioned. Earlier, state media mentioned massive explosions have been heard.
A Syrian army supply was quoted on state media as saying the strikes focused elements of central and southern areas, with out elaborating on the areas, including they left solely materials injury.
Some state media shops mentioned the strikes hit Homs province which additionally adjoins neighbouring Lebanon, the place the Iranian- backed Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah holds sway alongside the rugged border space.
There was no rapid remark from the Israeli army. If confirmed, this could be the primary such missile raid in a few month. Pre-dawn raids struck the Mediterranean port of Latakia near a Russian air base on Might 5.
Western intelligence sources mentioned Israel’s stepped-up strikes on Syria since final yr are a part of a shadow battle accepted by the USA. The strikes are additionally a part of an anti-Iran coverage that within the final two years has undermined Iran’s intensive army energy with out beginning a serious improve in hostilities.
The intelligence sources mentioned that Israel has over the previous yr expanded its targets throughout Syria, the place hundreds of Iranian-backed militias have been concerned in regaining a lot of the territory misplaced by Syrian President Bashar al Assad to insurgents within the decade-old civil battle.
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