The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least eight pro-government fighters were killed in Israeli airstrikes in central Syria late Tuesday.
“At least five army men and three allied fighters were killed,” the head of the observatory, Rami Abdul Rahman, told AFP.
The UK-based war monitor said the attacks targeted air force posts near the village of Khirbet al-Tin on the outskirts of Homs, as well as an arms depot belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.
The Israeli Air Force carried out overnight strikes in several areas of Syria, in the capital Damascus as well as in the provinces of Homs, Hama and Latakia, the observatory said.
Syria’s state Sanaa news agency said there had been “blasts in Damascus” as Israeli forces conducted raids from Lebanese airspace.
It said air defenses against “Israeli aggression” had been activated, but said no casualties or damage.
The Israeli military, which rarely admits to personal attacks on Syria, declined to comment on “reports in foreign media”.
Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011, Israel There have been hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian territory, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and Lebanese fighters. hezbollah protest.
Israel has repeatedly said that it will not allow neighboring Syria to become a launchpad for its arch enemy Iran.
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