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Israel attacks Homs in Syria and injures five soldiers: ministry | Political news

Israel attacks Homs in Syria and injures five soldiers: ministry | Political news

The raids are the third Israeli attack in Syria in recent days, including one that killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps officer.

Israel launched airstrikes on outposts in Syria’s Homs province, wounding at least five soldiers, according to the Syrian Defense Ministry.

The early Sunday raids were the third in recent days and came only a day after another attack on Friday who killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps officer.

Israel launched “an aerial assault from northwest Beirut targeting some outposts in the city of Homs and its countryside at 00:35 a.m.” (2135 GMT), the Syrian Defense Ministry said in a statement to the media. ‘State.

Syrian air defenses intercepted the missiles and shot down some of them, he added.

A Syrian military source told state media that the strikes caused material damage and injured five soldiers.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the report.

Two Western intelligence sources who requested anonymity told Reuters news agency that the rocket fire targeted the T4 airbase west of the ancient city of Palmyra and al Dabaa airport. near the town of al Qusayr near the Lebanese border, an area with members of Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

Iranian military personnel alongside Lebanese Hezbollah fighters are stationed at both airports and there is a strong presence of pro-Iranian militias in this area of ​​Homs province, the sources said.

Reuters said it was unable to verify the authenticity of the claims.

Syria denies Western and Israeli claims that Iran, whose senior military officials visit Syria frequently, has a significant military presence in the country.

Israel has for years carried out attacks on what it describes as Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran’s influence has grown since it began backing President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict that began in 2011 following a brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters.

Israel intensified its raids last year on Syrian airports and airbases to disrupt what he says is Iran’s use of aerial supply lines to deliver weapons to militias.

An Israeli airstrike last month aimed Aleppo airport take it out of service for two days. The airport has been one of the main aid delivery routes since the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey on February 6.

Western intelligence sources said Iran is increasingly using multiple civilian airports to deliver more weapons, taking advantage of heavy air traffic as cargo planes unload humanitarian aid after the deadly earthquake.

Iran declined to comment on the Western and Israeli accusations.

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