One Syrian Soldier Killed as Israel Attacks Southern Syria

Syria reports most of the missiles were intercepted

Israeli planes have attacked southern Syria on Thursday, with the planes crossing in from the occupied Golan Heights. The state media reported most of them were intercepted.

Officials didn’t say what was targeted, but the early reports are that one soldier was killed, and material damage caused by strikes that did hit their target.

Israel, as usual, declined comment. This is the first strike reported this week, after an attack on Latakia port last week. Israel attacks Syria almost constantly, but tends to be coy about why.

Most Israeli strikes target Shi’ite groups in Syria, which often means militias. It’s not clear that’s true on the latest case, with SANA very clear about the fatality being a member of the military.

Author: Jason Ditz

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