Israeli air attack kills 2 Syrian civilians; 7 wounded: Report

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Two civilians were killed and seven others were wounded, mostly soldiers, in an Israeli “air raid” in central Syria, state news agency SANA reported.

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Two civilians were killed and seven others wounded in Israeli airstrikes in the central region of Syria, official media said on Wednesday.

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The Syrian Air Force attempted to stop the attack on the city of Homs. “Israeli airstrikes targeted parts of the central region and air defenses are responding,” state-run news agency SANA said.

SANA reported that two civilians were killed, while another was seriously injured, with six Syrian soldiers also wounded in the attack.

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An unnamed military official was quoted as saying that the warplanes fired the missile at 1:26 am (23:26 GMT) while flying over neighboring Lebanese airspace.

Israel, which has carried out hundreds of attacks on Syria over the years, did not immediately comment on the report. It rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

The latest raids come amid a rise in alleged attacks by Israel on Syria in recent weeks.

Last week, Syria said Israel launched an attack south of the capital Damascus. The attack resulted from the capture of the Golan Heights and attacked an empty facility without casualties.

Earlier this month, two Syrian soldiers were injured when Israel launched an airstrike in the eastern countryside of Homs and near the coastal city of Tartus.

Israel has admitted it has pulled out targets of Iran-allied militias such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, whose fighters are stationed in Syria. It says it attacks consignments of weapons that are believed to be bound to the armed group.

Hezbollah is fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in a 10-year-old civil war.

Israel says the Iranian presence on its northern border is a red line, justifying its airstrikes on facilities and weapons inside Syria.

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