Saturday, 18 May, 2024

Israel kills, wounds many in Syria



Israeli air strike has targeted Syria’s Masyaf area in Hama region, killing five and injuring seven, regime media reported.

[File photo] Israel rarely comments on individual strikes in Syria, it has acknowledged mounting hundreds since 2011.
[File photo] Israel rarely comments on individual strikes in Syria, it has acknowledged mounting hundreds since 2011. (Reuters Archive)

An Israeli missile attack onthe Masyaf area in Syria's Hama countryside has killedfive and injured seven including a child, regime media reported,citing a military statement.

The attack began at 2023 local time (1723 GMT) on late Friday and originated from the West Banyas direction, the statement added.

It said one of those killed was a civilian.

An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment.

The missiles sparked fires in forest areas in Masyaf andleft some material damage, Syrian regime media reported.

Two opposition sources and the Syrian Observatory forHuman Rights said the strikes targeted weapons depots belongingto pro-Assad forces.

Syrian regime TV did not specify whether thearea hit was a military zone.

READ MORE:Israel 'strikes' Syrian regime positions near Damascus

Targeting Hezbollah

While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes in Syria, it has acknowledged mounting hundreds since 2011, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah-linked armed groups.

TheIsraeli military has defended them as necessary to prevent its arch-foe Iran from gaining a foothold on its doorstep.

In March, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said that an Israeli rocket strike had killed two Guard officers in Syria.

The IRGC is the ideological arm of the Iranian military and the elite Quds Force is the Guard's foreign operations arm, listed as a terrorist group by the US.

Iran says it has deployed its forces in Syria at the invitation of Damascus and only as advisers.

The conflict in Syria started in 2011 with the brutal repression of peaceful protests and escalated to pull in foreign powers and terrorists.

It has killed nearly 500,000 people and displaced half of the country's population.

Russia's military intervention in the Syria conflict in 2015 is what turned the momentum in favour of Assad, whose forces once only controlled a fifth of the country.

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