The Syrian army said on Wednesday that during the pre-dawn raid on the Mediterranean port city of Latakia, the Syrian air defense forces shot down several Israeli missiles. This is a rare attack on the Syrian leader’s ancestral homeland and areas near the Russian air base.
A statement from the Syrian army said that shortly after 2 a.m., airstrikes struck several areas along the southwest coast of Latakia. The Army said that one civilian was killed and six others were injured in a strike that attacked a civilian plastic factory.
State media reported earlier that the Israeli attack also hit the town of Ifa in the eastern part of Latakia and Mishav in Hama province.
The Israeli military declined to comment.
Although Israel’s strikes in the past few years have targeted many areas of Syria, they have rarely attacked Latakia near Russia’s main air base Khmeim.
A senior military defector said that the Israeli raid had hit several areas in the town of Jabla in the northwestern part of Latakia Province, which is the minority Alawite sect of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. The fortress, the sect dominates the army and security forces.
Assad comes from the village of Qerdaha in the Alawite Mountains, 28 kilometers (17 miles) southeast of Ladakia, where his father, the late President Hafez Assad, was buried.
Western intelligence sources say that Israel has launched a so-called “shadow war” against Iran-related targets in Syria in recent months. They said the strike was mainly aimed at weapons research and development, ammunition depots, and research centers for military convoys that transport missiles from Syria to Syria.Lebanon
Syria has never recognized Israel’s targeting of Iranian-related assets and stated that Iran only has military advisers in the country.
Now, the Iranian proxy militia led by Lebanese Hezbollah dominates large areas of eastern, southern and northwestern Syria and several suburbs around Damascus. They also control the Lebanon-Syrian border area.
Israel has stated that its goal is to end Tehran’s military presence in Syria. Western intelligence sources say that the country’s military power has expanded in recent years.
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The indirect dialogue between Iran and the U.S. envoy in Vienna was obscured by what appeared to be destructive attacks on Israeli and Iranian ships and the explosion in the Natanz enrichment plant that Tehran accused Israel of.
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