Ian Patrick, FISM News
On Monday, multiple Syrian media outlets including its state media claimed that Israel had sent yet another airstrike within their borders making it the third such attack in as little as two weeks.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said that their army had “repelled an Israeli air aggression that targeted some posts in the central and coastal regions” at around 7:15 p.m. local time. It said the military shot down most of the missiles but that the air attacks still “wounded two soldiers and caused some material damages.”
The attack supposedly happened over the city of Homs and near the coastal city of Tartous. Multiple videos released on Twitter the night of the attack suggests the airstrike came from North Lebanon.
A missile intercepted over Akkar north Lebanon after possibly being launched towards targets in Syria pic.twitter.com/3XrAmGMrdQ
— Ali Hashem علي هاشم (@alihashem_tv) November 8, 2021
— جريدة الأخبار – Al-Akhbar (@AlakhbarNews) November 8, 2021
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the spaces where the missiles were shot down include “military barracks and a command center for one of the important military divisions of the regime forces” of Iran. The missiles were also shot down near an airport “where the ‘Hezbollah’ militias are located.”
Neither the Israeli government nor its military has confirmed the attack as of this writing.
This is the third claim of an Israeli airstrike by Syrian media in the past two weeks. On Nov. 2, Israel fired missiles towards the outskirts of the Syrian capital of Damascus which “resulted in some material damage” according to a write-up from Reuters. Days before, on Oct. 30, Israel struck the same region “reportedly targeting advanced weapons heading to the Hezbollah terror group and other Iranian proxies” according to The Times of Israel.
Israel has also stayed silent on both of these strikes, as is often the case when asked about their activities within Syria.
Israel fears that Syria will increasingly become a hotbed for Iranian militants and Hezbollah terrorists, both of which are adversaries of the Jewish nation. To combat the rise of terrorist cells and other underground operations near their borders, Israel will often issue airstrikes or other attacks on areas they believe to be housing such activities.
The Israeli military previously issued attacks against Hamas sites found in the Gaza strip after continued confrontation with Hamas terrorists in the area.