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Israel hits missile targets in Syria — military

2. Israel
A watchtower stands near the Israeli border fence with Syria in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on February 9, 2022. Israel launched strikes against targets in Syria early today, hitting anti-aircraft batteries. (Photo: AFP)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Israel launched strikes against targets in Syria early Wednesday, hitting anti-aircraft batteries in response to a missile fired from Syria, the military said.اضافة اعلان

Sirens were sounded in the northern Israeli Arab city of Umm Al-Fahm after the Syrian missile launch but it exploded in mid-air, the Israeli forces tweeted.

“In response to the anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria earlier tonight, we just struck surface-to-air missile targets in Syria, including radar and anti-aircraft batteries,” the  Israeli forces said.

Syrian state media said the country’s air defenses had been activated against Israeli fire “in the vicinity of Damascus”.

Citing a military source, it said Israeli aerial attacks began shortly before 1am and were accompanied at 1:10am by surface-to-surface missile strikes “from the direction of the occupied Golan”.

“Our aerial defenses confronted the enemy’s missiles and shot some of them down,” the Syrian news agency SANA said.

SANA said one soldier was killed and five others wounded, “along with material damage”.

Israel rarely comments on the air strikes it carries out in Syria but has said repeatedly it will not allow its archfoe Iran to extend its footprint in the country.

Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes on Syrian territory, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters.

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