Report: Syrian Soldier Killed, Three Wounded in Alleged Israeli Airstrike

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A streak of light is seen in the night sky in the vicinity of the Syrian capital Damascus during what Syrian authorities said was an Israeli airstrike, in this 2020 file photo. (SANA/Handout via Reuters/File Photo)

One Syrian soldier was killed and three others wounded in an alleged Israeli air attack on Syria’s Palmyra area in the province of Homs on Wednesday night, the Syrian Defense Ministry said.

Syrian state-run media reported that air defenses to the alleged airstrike targeted areas close to the historic town.

The report quoted an unidentified military official as saying the strike occurred shortly before midnight and targeted a telecommunications tower and some posts around it, causing only material damage.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said the strikes hit an airbase known as T4, adding that Iran-backed militiamen based in it were targeted.

Residents of Palmyra said on social media that loud explosions were heard in the south of the city and that fires erupted in several areas.

The strikes came five days after Syrian state media reported that Israeli strikes in Homs province wounded six soldiers and killed at least two members of a pro-Iranian militia.

Over the past years, Israel is believed to have been behind many strikes inside government-controlled parts of Syria.

Israel has staged hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel views Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier as a red line, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Lebanon’s terrorist Hezbollah group.