Israel Attacks Several Sites in Syria, Killing at Least 11

Attacks target military sites in four key provinces

Details are coming in about overnight airstrikes from Israel against multiple targets in Syria, revealing that strikes hit military sites in Damascus, as well as Homs, Hama, and Latakia Provinces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 11 killed, seven soldiers and four militia members.

The Syrian state media initially reported the strikes, fired from Lebanese airspace, and reported interception of multiple missiles. There were reports of large explosions at several sites, though state media quoted the military denying casualties, and saying that it was only material damage.

Air Force and other military sites were targeted in the Israeli attacks, as well as a site described as an “arms depot” which was reportedly associated with Hezbollah. Israel nominally focuses its attack on militias like Hezbollah in going after Syria, but in recent weeks Syrian military targets have been hit more often.

As usual, there is no indication why this would be, as Israel once again refused to comment at all on the fact that they just attacked their neighbor. They say they don’t comment on attacks that were reported in foreign media first, which they don’t always stick to, but which tends to be enough to get out of commenting when they don’t want their explanation scrutinized.

Author: Jason Ditz

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