SOHR: An Israeli strike on the coast of Tartous injured two civilians
An Israeli strike on the Syrian coast south of Tartous injured two civilians on Saturday, the Syrian Defense Ministry said.
Damascus accused Tel Aviv of launching an air assault across the Mediterranean, west of the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, with several missiles targeting southern Tartous.
The Israeli enemy carried out an airstrike around 6:30 a.m. near the town of al-Hamidiyah, the ministry said in a statement, identifying the places hit as poultry farms, without giving further details.
It injured two civilians, including a woman, the statement said.
There was no immediate reaction from Israel to the raid. While Israel rarely comments on individual attacks, it has admitted to carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria since the outbreak of civil war in 2011.
He says the strikes are necessary to prevent Iran, its regional rival, from gaining a foothold on its doorstep.
The raids targeted Syrian government troops as well as Iranian-backed allied forces and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian condemned the airstrike at the start of a visit to the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday.
Iran has been one of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s staunchest supporters, sending thousands of fighters from across the region to aid his troops.
The Amirabdollahians’ trip to Syria comes five days after they visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly expressed his intention to carry out a major military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters allied with the United States, an attempt that failed in 2019.
We understand the concerns of our neighbor Turkey but we oppose any military measures in Syria, Amirabdollahian said on Saturday, adding that Iran is trying to resolve the misunderstanding between Turkey and Syria through dialogue.
The raid was the first since June 10, when Israeli strikes on Damascus International Airport rendered its runways unusable for weeks.
The airport was targeted by a volley of missiles fired from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state media reported.
In addition to extensive damage to civilian and military runways, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks targeted nearby warehouses used as arms depots by Iran and Hezbollah.
The Syrian war has killed nearly half a million people and forced about half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.