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Syria war: Israeli jets ‘hit Iranian targets in Homs and Damascus’ Syria war: Israeli jets ‘hit Iranian targets in Homs and Damascus’
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Four civilians were killed and 21 injured in Israeli missile strikes near the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, Syrian state media said.Four civilians were killed and 21 injured in Israeli missile strikes near the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, Syrian state media said.
The Syrian military responded to missiles launched by Israeli warplanes, the Sana news agency said.The Syrian military responded to missiles launched by Israeli warplanes, the Sana news agency said.
Israeli jets targeted military bases from Lebanese airspace at around midnight on Sunday, it reported.Israeli jets targeted military bases from Lebanese airspace at around midnight on Sunday, it reported.
A number of the missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defences, Sana added. Israel's military has not commented. It periodically attacks what it says are threats to Israeli security in Syria.
Israel's military declined to comment on the report. These include what it has identified as advanced weaponry destined for the Islamist Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Iranian bases in Syria.
The facilities hit were linked with Iranian forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitor, said. Israel says it will not allow its arch-enemy Iran to entrench itself in Syria, Iran's key ally.
In the Homs area, a research centre and a military airport where Iranians and the Hezbollah Shia movement are based, were targeted, the Observatory said. The facilities hit were linked with Iranian forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based monitoring group, said.
Near Damascus, a base hosting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and a research facility in Jamraya were struck. In the Homs area, a research centre and a military airport where Iranian and Hezbollah personnel are based, were targeted, the Observatory said.
Some personnel from these forces were injured, Rami Abdel Rahman, SOHR's chief, said. Near Damascus, a base hosting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) and a research facility in Jamraya were struck.
IRGC and Hezbollah members were injured in the strikes, the Observatory said.
In Sahnaya, south of Damascus, four civilians - including a toddler - were killed as a result of Israeli "aggression", Syrian state-run broadcaster al-Ikhbariya said.In Sahnaya, south of Damascus, four civilians - including a toddler - were killed as a result of Israeli "aggression", Syrian state-run broadcaster al-Ikhbariya said.
Israel has carried out dozens of strikes in Syria since civil war broke out in the country in 2011. It sees the presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Syria as a security threat.
Iran, Israel's arch-enemy, has sent thousands of military personnel to support Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the country's civil war.
Hezbollah, an Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon, is also supporting the Syrian president.