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Syria: Israel strikes targets near northwestern port city

Between Oct. 7 and May 15, Tehran’s proxies in Syria launched at least 40 projectiles across the border with Israel, according to the IDF.

Explosions in Damascus destroy an arms depot belonging to Iranian-backed groups, Aug. 13, 2023. Credit: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Explosions in Damascus destroy an arms depot belonging to Iranian-backed groups, Aug. 13, 2023. Credit: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Israel Defense Forces struck targets near Baniyas in northwestern Syria overnight Monday, according to Syrian state media.

“At approximately 00:20 a.m., the Israeli enemy launched an aerial aggression from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea west of Baniyas, targeting one of the points in the vicinity of Baniyas city,” the Syrian Arab News Agency reported, citing a military source.

The source added that the strikes caused “material losses.”

On Jun. 26, an Israeli air strike in the Damascus area killed at least two people and wounded a Syrian soldier, according to SANA.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based war monitor aligned with the Syrian opposition, reported that the strike had targeted the Hezbollah-run Jihad al-Bina development foundation, which the U.S. State Department has listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group.

A week before, a Syrian military officer was killed in a reported Israeli drone strike on a military outpost in the southwestern part of the country. Earlier in June, at least 16 members of a pro-Iran terror militia were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike on a copper plant in northern Syria.

On April 1, seven members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including the commander responsible for Syria and Lebanon, were killed in an attack on a building adjacent to the Iranian embassy in Damascus.

Thirteen days later, Iran launched an unprecedented attack on the Jewish state involving more than 300 drones and missiles in what Tehran said was retaliation for the Damascus incident.

Israel rarely admits to attacks on Syrian territory, although in February Jerusalem revealed that it had struck more than 50 targets belonging to Hezbollah and other Iran-backed terror groups in Syria since Oct. 7. 

Between Oct. 7 and May 15, Tehran’s proxies in Syria launched at least 40 projectiles across the border with Israel, according to the IDF.

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