Explosions could be heard in the Syrian coastal cities of Latakia and Tartus, where Russian forces are based, as air defenses reportedly responded to Israeli missiles striking further inland, the state news agency SANA has said.
SANA named the targets of “Israeli aggression” as Al-Haffah, a town just northeast of Latakia, and Masyaf, located halfway between Tartus and Hama. The attack took place shortly after 3 am local time on Wednesday.
— خالد اسكيف (@khalediskef) May 5, 2021
Video shows SAA air defense missile destroying an hostile object over Latakia. pic.twitter.com/hTtp7NQwFX
— Kevork Almassian🇸🇾🇦🇲 (@KevorkAlmassian) May 5, 2021
SANA reported that the Israeli missiles struck a “civilian warehouse of plastic materials” in the Latakai countryside, killing one civilian and injuring two.
— Joe Truzman (@Jtruzmah) May 5, 2021
Israel routinely launches missile strikes into Syria, against what Tel Aviv has called “Iranian targets.” Iran has been allied with the government in Damascus against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorist group and other militants, some affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
The most recent strike, on April 22, targeted the vicinity of Damascus. A Syrian air defense missile fired in response ended up exploding on the ground near the Dimona nuclear complex in southern Israel.
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