Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet. File PHoto

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet. File PHoto

Israel's Bennet Speaks After Airstrike On Syria's Latakia Port

12/7/2021

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday vowed that Israel would continue to push back against what he called "destructive forces" in the region.

Bennett was speaking during a meeting with the leaders of Cyprus and Greece.

His comments came as Syrian state media reported that Israeli warplanes fired missiles at the port of Latakia earlier in the day.

Israel has attacked hundreds of Iran-related military bases and positions in Syria since 2017, but the port of Latakia is not a usual target.

Syria's state media quoted an unnamed military official as saying that several missiles struck the containers area in the port, setting some of them on fire.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitoring group, said the airstrike hit arms shipments for fighters loyal to Iran.

There was no comment from the Israeli military.

Israel has previously acknowledged, however, that it targets the bases of Iran-allied militias, such as Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group that has fighters deployed in Syria.

It says it attacks arms shipments believed to be bound for the militias.

Report by AP

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