Israel launches new missile attack in Syria

Cairo: Israel launched a new missile attack in Syria against the government forces and Iran-allied militias, a monitoring group said today.

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Several explosions were heard in Syria’s southern area of Al Quneitra due to the Israeli bombardment that targeted a position of the government forces and pro-Iranian militias as the Syrian ground defences attempted to repulse the Israeli missiles, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added. The UK-based monitor did not report casualties.

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Syria’s official news agency SSANA, citing a military source, said the Syrian air defences late Wednesday “confronted an Israeli aggression on some targets” in the southern region and shot down most “hostile” missiles.

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The attack resulted in material damage, the agency added without giving details.

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Israel has stepped up its attacks in war-wracked Syria in recent months, targeting pro-Iranian militias.

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57 killed

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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 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. Iran and Hezbollah are military allies of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

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In recent years, Israel has unleashed a string of airstrikes in Syria. In a rare disclosure, the Israeli army said it had hit about 50 targets inside Syria

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