Five killed in Israel strikes on Syria

Five killed in Israel strikes on Syria

AFP

TAL AVIV: Israeli strikes targeting a part of Syria killed five people Wednesday, a war monitor said.The Israeli missiles struck an area near three villages in the west of Homs province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group with a wide network of sources on the ground.Three Syrian soldiers as well as two Hezbollah members were killed in the early morning strikes, the monitoring organisation said.
The official Syrian news agency SANA, citing a military official, had reported earlier that two civilians had been killed and seven people injured in Israeli “aerial aggression”.Syria’s air defences “repelled the aggression and shot down most” of the missiles, SANA said, quoting the same source.The Israeli military, which rarely acknowledges individual strikes on Syria, declined to comment on “reports in the foreign media”.
Israel has said repeatedly it will not allow neighbouring Syria to become a launchpad for its foe Iran.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.