Several people were killed and others injured in an Israeli airstrike that targeted the city of Homs and several locations in its countryside in central Syria on Wednesday morning, the official Syrian News Agency (SANA) reported. Reuters, citing local sources, reported that Israeli strikes targeted several sites, including Syrian regime army sites and an airport in the area.
The official Syrian SANA agency, citing a statement from the Syrian Defense Ministry, reported that “the Israeli enemy launched an air strike from the direction north of Tripoli (in northern Lebanon), targeting the city of Homs and several of its points.” countryside.”
The statement indicated that Syrian air defenses shot down several missiles, without giving details about the targets that were attacked, and confirmed that several civilians were killed and injured. Meanwhile, human rights sources indicated that 5 to 4 people were killed, including two civilians.
Syrian state television showed footage of ambulances rushing to the site of the attack, which showed debris and debris of a targeted building.
A Syrian military intelligence source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Israeli bombing also targeted Shayrat airport and several Syrian army positions on the outskirts of Homs.
Fragments of the explosive rocket fell on fields in the al-Wer neighborhood northwest of Homs city, al-Hamra Street in the city center, east of the Palmyra intersection and the surrounding area, witnesses told the German news agency. Holmes Refinery.
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Israel has increased its attacks on targets of Iran-allied groups in Syria since the war erupted in the Battle of Al-Aqsa floodplain and the capture of the Gaza Strip, and has also targeted the Syrian regime's military air defenses.
For years, Israel has been striking Iran-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran's influence grew after it began supporting Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad in a war that began after a major popular revolution in 2011. Is. Demands for the overthrow of the regime were met with force and violence and escalated into fighting. A bloody attack that killed hundreds of thousands of people, caused massive destruction and displaced more than half the country's population.
Fighters from Iran-allied factions, including Lebanese Hezbollah, now control large swathes of eastern, southern and northwestern Syria and several areas around the capital, Damascus.