‘Israeli air strikes’ hit Syrian coastal province of Latakia

‘Israeli air strikes’ hit Syrian coastal province of Latakia

Syrian state broadcaster claims explosions were heard and orange flames sent into the sky after reported strikes from the IAF

An Israeli Air Force plane in action
An Israeli Air Force plane in action

Loud explosions have shaken Syria’s coastal province of Latakia, sending orange flames into the sky in what state media said was an Israeli attack targeting a state company for technical industries.

Explosions continued for nearly half an hour, said state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV, which aired footage showing streaks of white light flashing across the sky.

Al-Ikhbariya said 10 people were injured, with eight treated in hospital.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which initially reported the explosions, also reported 10 wounded, saying all of them were soldiers and some were in critical condition.

An unidentified military official was quoted as saying Syrian air defences intercepted some missiles heading for the provincial capital of Latakia from the sea. There was no immediate word on casualties.

The Observatory said the target appeared to be an ammunition depot, part of the compound of the state Institute for Technical Industries.

The war monitoring group said it was not clear if the depot was for Iranian or Syrian forces.

The strikes followed a similar attack on Damascus International Airport late on Saturday, which Syrian state media also blamed on Israel. A military official quoted on state media said Syrian air defences intercepted some missiles coming from the sea.

Other attacks were reported on September 4 that targeted sites in the coastal Tartus area and in Hama province. The Observatory said at the time that the September 4 attacks were believed to be aimed at Iranian military posts.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of air strikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country’s war fighting alongside the government.

Israel rarely acknowledges attacks inside Syria, but has said it will use military action to prevent weapons transfers to its enemies.

Earlier this month, an Israeli military official said the Jewish state had struck more than 200 Iranian targets in Syria over the past 18 months.

US and Israeli officials have said Iran and Hezbollah should end their armed presence in Syria. Israel says it will not tolerate Iran’s growing presence in Syria.

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