On Sunday morning, Israeli missiles targeted a western Syrian city, Masyaf in Hama province, injuring three Syrian soldiers, according to Syrian state media marking the latest Israeli strike in Syria. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), citing a military source, reported that the missiles were fired at dawn, and some of them were intercepted by Syria’s air defenses. No deaths were reported, but photos from SANA suggest that the missiles may have landed on farmland.
Israel has reportedly staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years, targeting bases of Iran-allied militias, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, which has deployed fighters in Syria to support President Bashar Assad’s government forces. Israel has also targeted arms shipments believed to be bound for the militias. However, Israel rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.
SANA did not disclose the specific targets of the latest Israeli attack, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said pro-Iran forces and a “scientific research centre” were present in the areas. According to the Observatory, Israel had previously attacked Masyaf twice in May and August 2022, killing five people and injuring two.
Latest Israeli strike in Syria
On Tuesday, Israeli warplanes reportedly attacked the airport in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, killing three people, the Observatory said. The attack caused material damage and putting the airport out of service, according to Syrian state media. Syria’s transport ministry has announced that all earthquake aid flights will be re-routed following the Israeli air strike. The Israeli air strike was said to have been carried out from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, west of Latakia, targeting Aleppo International Airport. The state news agency, Sana, did not immediately report any casualties resulting from the strike. Israeli officials have yet to comment on the operation.