Syria says Israel launched missile attack on vital port

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The Syrian military says several Israeli missiles struck a container area in the port of Latakia, some of which caught fire.

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The Syrian military says Israeli fighter jets fired missiles at the Syrian port of Latakia, damaging containers but causing no casualties.

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The attack happened on Tuesday (23:23 GMT Monday) local time, the SANA news agency quoted a military source as saying.

The official said several missiles struck the port’s container area, some of which caught fire.

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“Our air defenses thwarted the Israeli offensive in Latakia,” he said.

It was a rare attack on the port of Latakia, a vital facility where most of Syria’s imports are brought to the war-torn country.

Syrian state TV said five explosions were heard at the port and a huge fire broke out in the container area and fire tenders have reached the port.

Told that the fire has been extinguished.

There was no comment from the Israeli military.

Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks on targets inside government-controlled Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Some attacks in the past have targeted the main airport in the capital, Damascus.

Israel, however, has acknowledged that it targets targets of Iran-allied militias, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, which has fighters stationed in Syria. It says it attacked a consignment of weapons believed to be bound to the militia.

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

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

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on November 24, five people were killed in Israeli missile strikes west of Homs province.

In two separate Israeli attacks in October, five pro-Iranian militiamen were killed near the Syrian capital Damascus, while nine pro-government fighters were killed near the T4 airbase east of Palmyra in central Syria, the UK-based rights group said.

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