Israel attacks Iran-allied militias in Syria

Cairo: Israel early Friday mounted a missile attack on Iran-allied militias’ positions in Syria, the second in more than a week, a monitor has reported.

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The bombardment targeted at least five sites housing fighters from the Iran-backed militias and the Lebanese group Hezbollah fighting along Syrian government forces, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.

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The sites located in Syria’s central governorate of Hama were completely destroyed, according to the Observatory.

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Remnants of rockets fired by the Syrian air defences to intercept the Israeli missiles resulted in killing a local family, it added.

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Syria’s official news agency SANA acknowledged the attack, saying the government air defences had “repelled an Iraeli aggression” and shot down most of the Israeli missiles.

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The agency, quoting a military source, added that the attack had resulted in killing a four-member family, injuring four other civilians and destroying three houses in the area.

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On January 13, at least 57 military personnel were killed in a series of Israeli attacks in east Syria, the highest toll from such attacks in the war-wracked country, the Observatory reported at the time.

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Those strikes hit positions of the government forces and their allied Lebanese Hezbollah and pro-Iran militias in the eastern governorate of Deir Al Zour near the border with Iraq.

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In recent years, Israel has unleashed a string of airstrikes in Syria mainly targeting Iranian military facilities and militias there. In a rare disclosure, the Israeli army said it had hit about 50 targets inside Syria.

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