Syria Says Intercepted Israeli Airstrike in Homs Area, Damage Reported

Missiles flying into the sky near international airport, in Damascus, Syria, in 2019. (SANA via AP, File)

Suspected Israeli airstrikes targeted the Syrian province of Homs early Saturday, state media reported. Syria’s state news agency, SANA, citing military officials, said that three civilians were wounded in the strike and that a civilian fuel station caught fire, resulting in a number of fuel tankers and trucks being burned. It reported that Syrian air defenses responded to the alleged Israeli missiles in the sky over Homs and shot down some of them.

The pro-government Sham FM radio said fires broke out south of the city of Homs as a result of the strikes and “successive explosions” sounded from the area. The Britain-based opposition war monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israeli missiles had destroyed an ammunition depot belonging to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah at a military airport in the countryside of Homs.

The observatory said it was the second time Israel targeted the site in a month. On April 2, state media reported that Israeli airstrikes hit several sites in Homs, wounding five soldiers. The observatory said two Hezbollah members were killed by the earlier attack. There was no immediate statement from Israeli authorities on the strikes,

Israel, which has vowed to stop Iranian entrenchment next door, has reportedly carried out hundreds of strikes on targets in government-controlled parts of neighboring Syria in recent years but rarely acknowledges them. Earlier this year, suspected Israeli strikes in Syria intensified, culminating in an exchange on the border April 8, when the IDF said its forces attacked targets in Syria after six rockets were launched from southern Syria toward the Golan Heights.

On Monday, Syrian pro-government media said Israel shelled targets in southern Syria near the Golan Heights, causing unspecified material damage.

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