DAMASCUS, Syria ( Associated Press) — Israel launched an airstrike on a Syrian coastal village near the border with Lebanon on Saturday morning, Syrian state media reported. Two people including a woman were injured in this.
The incident was the first since an Israeli airstrike on the international airport in the Syrian capital Damascus on June 10, which caused significant damage to infrastructure and runways and rendered the main runway unusable. The airport was closed for two weeks and flights resumed on 23 June.
State news agency SANA reported that Israeli warplanes flying over northern Lebanon fired missiles at several chicken farms in the village of Hamidiyah, south of the coastal city of Tartus. The attack took place a few kilometers north of the Lebanese border.
Sana indicated that in addition to physical damage, two people were injured.
Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes against targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. Israel argues that it is targeting Iranian-allied militias such as Hezbollah, which has fighters fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s government forces in Syria, and is believed to be sending weapons that are believed to belong to the militias. are destined for
The attack on Damascus International Airport marked a major escalation in Israel’s operation, leading to increased tensions between Israel on the one hand and Iran and its Lebanese ally, the terrorist group Hezbollah, on the other.
Saturday’s attack came hours before Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirbadollahian arrived in Syria for a meeting with senior Syrian officials.
Iran has been one of Assad’s strongest supporters, sending thousands of fighters from across the region to help its troops in Syria’s 11-year conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and killed half the country’s population. Displaced, which happened before the war. There were about 23 million residents.
A UN report released last week said more than 300,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict that began in March 2011.