Israeli missiles hit Syria for second week in a row

Jan 7, 2021

Israel reportedly hit Syria with airstrikes for the second week in a row late Wednesday night.

The suspected Israeli missiles hit targets in southern Syria. Syrian air defense shot down some of the missiles, which Israel launched from the Golan Heights, the state-run SANA news outlet reported.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Israel struck Syrian government forces, the Lebanese group Hezbollah and Iranian positions west of the city of Suwayda. Three people died and a radar system and weapons depots were destroyed. One of the dead was from a Syrian military radar division, according to the observatory. The London-based organization also said Syrian air defense intercepted some of the missiles.

Israel is suspected of carrying out several airstrikes on Syria in recent weeks. On Dec. 30, Israel struck Syrian military positions west of the capital, Damascus. That followed other airstrikes in late November.

Israel does not comment on its military actions abroad, but Syria accuses Israel of being behind such operations. Israel views the presence of Iran and Hezbollah in neighboring Syria as a threat. Israeli leaders have hinted at their involvement in such airstrikes in the past.

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