Israel Kills Nine in Attack Near Syria’s Historic Palmyra

Syria reports several missiles intercepted in attack

At least nine people were killed Tuesday in Israeli attacks on a Syrian military base near the historic city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the death toll, saying six of the slain were “not Syrian,” but were believed to be Lebanese.

Israeli attacks in Syria are common enough, and often target foreign Shi’ites, who irrespective of their country of origin will be labeled “Iranian” by Israeli officials. The Syrian government confirmed the attack, saying they’d intercepted several Israeli missiles.

Palmyra is not a major site of combat lately, so it’s not clear why Israel would attack it in the first place. Palmyra is an important  historical site, and after years of complaining of damage ISIS might do there, its likely there will be a backlash if Israel damages anything as well.

The only Palmyra news recently was that US-backed rebels who are abandoning the rebel militias are heading to Palmyra to join up with Syrian forces. That is unlikely to be directly related, however, since the US did not make a big deal about this, and Israel is generally more interested in killing foreigners than Syrian rebels.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.