UPDATED: The London-based NGO, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that suspected Israeli airstrikes in Damascus & Homs at around midnight Sunday night killed at least 9 soldiers, most of them Iranians.
By Associated Press
Israeli warplanes attacked military positions in central Syria early Monday, with a missile near the capital, Damascus, killing four civilians and wounding 21, Syrian state media reported.
Israeli warplanes fired missiles from Lebanese airspace targeting military positions in the central province of Homs and suburbs of Damascus, said Syrian state news agency SANA, adding that Syrian air defense forces opened fire toward the Israeli missiles.
SANA said the dead included a baby and that other children were among the wounded in the town of Sahnaya, southwest of Damascus.
The Syrian London based Observatory for Human Rights reported Israeli jets and naval gunships attacked at least ten Syrian government targets among them a research facility and Hezbollah bases near the Syrian- Lebanon border and that fires broke out as a result of the attack.
Lebanese Al Mayadeen television reported one of the targets hit was the town of Al-Kiswah near Damascus where that had been targeted by Israel in the past and contain weapons depot.
Israel does not usually comment on reports concerning its strikes in neighboring Syria, though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets there.
On June 12, Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian army position in the country’s south.
For years, Israel has remained largely silent about its attacks against Iran and its Shiite proxies operating in neighboring Syria. But in recent months, military and political leaders have become increasingly outspoken about these activities.
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