Fires break out in Syrian port of Latakia following Israeli attack – Syrian state media

CAIRO, December 28 (Reuters) – Fires broke out in the container storage area of ​​the Syrian port of Latakia following an Israeli missile attack, Syrian state media reported on Tuesday.

The attack, the second in December, damaged the facades of a hospital, some apartment buildings and businesses

“The Israeli ‘aggression’ has caused great materialistic damage and the assessment of its results is still a work in progress,” the Syrian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

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Israel has launched frequent attacks on what it described as Iranian targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces, including Lebanese Hezbollah, have deployed over the past decade to support President Bashar al-Assad in the war in Syria.

Live images broadcast by Syrian state television showed flames and smoke in the container area.

“Firefighters are trying to put out the fires while ambulances arrive at the scene,” the state television reporter said.

Latakia, a Mediterranean port, is Syria’s main commercial port.

Russia, which was Assad’s most powerful ally during the war, operates an air base at Hmeimim about 20 km (12 miles) from Latakia.

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Reporting by Yasmin Hussein and Alaa Swilam; written by Alaa Swilam; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Michael Perry

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