A social media image showing a suspected Israeli attack on targets in the Syrian port of Latakia on December 7, 2021

A social media image showing a suspected Israeli attack on targets in the Syrian port of Latakia on December 7.

Suspected Israeli Strike Hits Targets In Southern Syria

12/16/2021

Israel fired missiles at targets in southern Syria early Thursday near its frontier where it is concerned about deployments of Iran-backed forces, Syria said.

Syrian government media announced a soldier was killed but an Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment to Reuters on the report.

Israel has mounted frequent attacks since 2017 against what it has described as Iranian targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces including Lebanon's Hezbollah have deployed over the last decade to support President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's war.

Citing a military source, Syrian state news agency SANA said, "the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial aggression", firing missiles from the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in 1967.

An air attack attributed to Israel took place on December 7against the Syrian port of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Warehouses and shipping containers thought to be Iranian shipment of weapons were hit.

While Israel has carried out many attacks throughout Syria, the air raid on Latakia was a rare occurrence, said to be designed to send a strong signal to Tehran amid Israeli threats to target Iran’s nuclear infrastructure is it feels a strategic threat.

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