Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli missile attacks: State media | Syria’s War News

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Syrian state media say the latest Israeli strikes target sites near Damascus and the coastal province of Tartous.

At least three Syrian soldiers have been killed and three others injured in “several” Israeli missile strikes on Syria.

The SANA news agency said on Sunday that the rocket attacks took place at 8:50 PM (17:50 GMT) and targeted “a few points” in the countryside near the capital Damascus and in the coastal province of Tartous.

Syrian air defense forces confronted the “aggressions” and shot down some of the missiles, SANA said, citing an unnamed military source.

“The aggression resulted in the death of three soldiers and the injury of three others,” it reported.

The attacks on Damascus were carried out from a direction southeast of the Lebanese capital Beirut, while the attacks on Tartous came from the Mediterranean.

In addition to the deaths, the attacks also caused some “material damage,” the military source told SANA.

The Israeli military declined to comment.

Since the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in the country targeting government positions, allied Iranian-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters. Israel rarely comments on individual attacks in Syria, but the Israeli military has defended them as necessary to prevent Iran from gaining a foothold.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war observer, also reported on Sunday’s attacks, saying the attacks targeted an air defense base in Tartous province, where Iranian-backed groups are operating.

The site in Tartous is 5 miles from a Russian base, said the monitor, which has a wide network of resources in Syria.

It said ambulances had rushed to the site of the raids in Tartous.

It added that two missiles also hit a Syrian government military site in the Al-Qutayfah area of ​​rural Damascus.

Other recent reported Israeli attacks in Syria include a raid near Damascus that killed three Syrian soldiers last month. The Syrian Observatory said the attack targeted a military facility and an “Iranian weapons depot”.

Civilians were also injured in the Israeli raids.

The Syrian Defense Ministry said in early July that an Israeli attack from the Mediterranean Sea near the town of Al-Hamadiyah, south of the city of Tartous, had injured two civilians.

State media also reported that Israeli shelling on Friday injured two civilians in southern Syria near the occupied Golan Heights.

The conflict in Syria started with the brutal suppression of peaceful protests and escalated to bring in foreign powers and fighters.

The war has killed nearly half a million people since 2011, and displaced half of the country’s pre-war population from their homes.

Russia’s military intervention in 2015 helped turn the war in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces controlled just one-fifth of the country at one point.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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