Syrian state media: 2 civilians injured in Israeli strikes

DAMASCUS, Syria — Israeli airstrikes over a town in the central Syrian province of Hama injured two civilians on Thursday, state media reported.

Reports indicate that Syria’s air defense systems shot down some of the missiles coming from the Mediterranean Sea before they hit their targets. There were no reports of deaths and no comments from Israel.

A Syrian opposition war monitor – the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – said the airstrikes targeted Iranian-backed militia positions and warehouses in the area.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets inside government-controlled parts of Syria in the last decade of its civil war, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

He did, however, acknowledge that he was targeting the bases of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s allies, including the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and other Iran-backed militias.

Israeli airstrikes near Damascus in July killed seven Syrian soldiers and injured three others, and in June temporarily disabled the country’s main civilian airport after targeting its runways in a pre-dawn airstrike .

In Syria’s strategic eastern province of Deir el-Zour, the US military and Iran-backed militias have traded attacks in a significant escalation over the past two days.

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