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Damascus announced on Tuesday night that the Syrian air defenses had confronted an “Israeli aggression”, without any details about the locations targeted by the Israeli fighters that launched the raids, nor about the possible losses.
The official Syrian news agency “SANA” said in an urgent news, “Our air defenses this evening repelled an Israeli aggression from the direction of Lebanese airspace.”
For its part, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that “violent explosions resounded in the city of Damascus and its surroundings as a result of Israeli strikes on military sites, and the Syrian regime’s anti-aircraft forces attempted to confront them over the region.”
“Other strikes also targeted the south of Homs province and an area on the border between Homs and Tartus,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
The London-based observatory, but relies on a wide network of field sources in Syria, was not immediately able to determine the locations targeted by the air strikes, nor the losses that resulted from them.
In the Hebrew state, the Israeli army refused to comment on what was reported by SANA. “We do not comment on what is reported by foreign media,” an army spokesman told AFP.
Over the past years, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes in Syria, targeting in particular Syrian army sites and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah targets.
Israel rarely confirms carrying out strikes in Syria, but it reiterates that it will continue to counter what it describes as Iran’s attempts to establish its military presence near its borders.
The Syrian conflict has killed more than 388,000 people, caused massive damage to infrastructure, and led to the displacement of millions of people inside and outside the country.
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