Israeli rockets shot down in Syria: state media


Syria’s air defense intercepted Israeli missiles over Homs province early Thursday, the second air strike this week, Syrian state media reported.

A military source told the Syrian state news agency SANA that the attack did not result in any deaths, only material damage.

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Syria’s air defense intercepted Israeli missiles over Homs province early Thursday, the second air strike this week, Syrian state media reported.

A military source told the Syrian state news agency SANA that the attack did not result in any deaths, only material damage.

“At 1:13 am … the Israeli enemy carried out an air strike on several positions in the Qusayr region in Homs province,” SANA reported, citing the source.

“Our air defenses intercepted the missiles … shot down most of them,” the military source said.

The UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory said the missiles targeted military positions owned by the Lebanese Hezbollah group and destroyed Weon depots.

The Syrian army restructured Qusayr, a rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border, in 2013 after a 17-day attack led by Hezbollah fighters. The city was of strategic importance for the regime as it connects the capital Damascus with the coast.

The capture of the fortress was a great victory for Hezbollah, which fought alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

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Thursday’s air strikes were the second this week after an Israeli attack on Monday killed five regime-affiliated pro-Iranian fighters and destroyed the group’s base and a nearby weapons cache in Aleppo, according to the British War Monitor.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has routinely carried out raids on Syria, mainly targeting government positions and allied Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces.

Israel rarely confirms attacks in Syria, but the Jewish state army said it hit about 50 targets in the war-torn country last year, without giving details.

Israel has said it is trying to prevent its archenemy Iran from gaining permanent military foothold on its doorstep.

Last month, at least 11 government troops and militiamen were killed in Israeli air strikes in central Syria.

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