Israeli jets said to strike inside Syria for second time this week

Israeli planes carried out airstrikes Syria for the second night this week, Damascus said early Thursday.

The state-run SANA broadcaster reported that Syrian air defenses were confronting “Israeli aggression” in the skies over Homs.

Video published by the agency showed what appeared to be anti-aircraft missiles streaking into the night sky, and witnesses on the ground reported hearing explosions.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Israel’s military does not comment on reports of specific strikes.

The attack comes as tensions between Israel and its northern neighbors have ratched up in recent days.


Late Monday, Israeli aircraft reportedly fired missiles at a number of sites near Aleppo in northern Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor that has activists on the ground in Syria, said the Israeli strikes on Monday targeted weapons depots that belong to Iranian-backed militia operating the area. The group said the strikes were followed by loud explosions. The weapons depots were located inside Syrian military posts, the group said.

Russia claimed on Tuesday that Syrian air defenses managed to knock down seven of eight missiles fired on Monday.

Hours later, two rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanon, drawing an Israeli artillery response and vows from Israeli leaders to not let any such attacks pass quietly.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. Israel fears Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah.

According to the observatory, Israel had carried out 14 attacks in 2021 prior to Thursday, destroying some 40 buildings and killing 104 people.

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