The latest Israeli strikes targeted locations in the vicinity of the capital, Damascus, and south of the coastal governorate of Tartus.
Israeli air strikes on Syria killed three soldiers and wounded three others in the latest Israeli attack on the war-torn country
State media said that the air defense forces were responding to what they said were Israeli raids that targeted targets in the vicinity of the Syrian coastal province of Tartus.
The official Syrian News Agency (SANA) quoted an unnamed military source as saying that “the aggression led to the death of three soldiers and the wounding of three others.”
Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes inside the country, targeting government sites as well as Iranian-backed coalition forces and Hezbollah fighters.
SANA reported that its forces were also confronting “enemy targets” over the Qalamoun Mountains, near the border with Lebanon.
A Syrian military statement said that two simultaneous Israeli attacks, one of them a missile, targeted the countryside near the capital, Damascus, from southeast of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also announced the same death toll and injuries from the second strikes near an air defense base in Tartus province, where Iranian-backed groups are active.
The observatory, which has a wide network of sources in Syria, said the target location in Tartus is located 8 kilometers (5 miles) from a Russian base.
She added that ambulances rushed to the site of the strikes in Tartous.
The Syrian Defense Ministry said in early July that an Israeli raid carried out from the Mediterranean near the town of Hammadieh, south of the town of Tartus, wounded two civilians.
Official media reported that, on Friday, Israeli shelling hit two civilians in southern Syria, near the occupied Golan Heights.
State media said at the time that an Israeli strike near Damascus last month killed three Syrian soldiers. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike targeted a military facility and an “Iranian weapons depot”.
After the latest incident, the Israeli authorities told Agence France-Presse that they “do not comment on reports in foreign media.”
While Israel rarely comments on individual strikes in Syria, the military has defended them as necessary to prevent its archenemy Iran from gaining a foothold on its doorstep.
The conflict in Syria began with the brutal suppression of peaceful protests and escalated to the polarization of foreign forces and fighters.
The war killed nearly half a million people and forced half of the country’s pre-war population to leave their homes.
Russia’s military intervention in 2015 helped turn the war in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces once controlled only a fifth of the country.
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