Syrian air defenses in response to the attack in Homs

Syrian air defenses responded to an airstrike in the Homs area of ​​western Syria on Monday night, according to the Syrian state news agency SANA.

Lebanese media reported that Israeli planes were spotted over Lebanon shortly before the attacks were reported.

The latest airstrike comes less than a week after an alleged Israeli airstrike targeting a site in the Zakya area, southwest of Damascus, on Tuesday night, causing property damage, according to the Syrian state news agency SANA. . Opposition-affiliated media reported that airstrikes last week targeted sites belonging to Iranian militias.

The SANA report added that the airstrike was carried out from the direction of northern Israel, but, unlike most previous reports on such airstrikes, it did not mention the activation of air defenses.

The Syrian Capital Voice site reported Wednesday that the airstrikes were targeting Iranian militia sites in the Seventh Division in Zakya.

Missile fire is observed over Damascus, Syria, on January 21, 2019 (Credit: SANA / HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

The sites attacked included a weapons warehouse and a rallying point for militias. According to the report, the entire warehouse was destroyed and a fire broke out at the site. Syrian air defenses responded to the attack. The Capital Voice stated that the attack was the first of its kind since Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets began in Syria, without specifying why.

Days before the attacks in Zakya, Israel reportedly carried out a rare daytime airstrike on Hezbollah sites in Damascus on Saturday. The airstrike killed at least one Syrian Armed Forces soldier and wounded three others, according to SANA.

The Capital Voice reported that the airstrike in Damascus targeted a meeting of Iranian militia leaders and Hezbollah leaders, as well as a weapons warehouse to which the weapons were transferred a few hours before the attack. The attacks also affected a vehicle carrying Hezbollah militia leaders and an air defense battery, according to the report.

In early October, Iranian militias warned of a “tough response” after several Syrian and Iranian-backed forces were killed and wounded in an alleged Israeli airstrike near Palmyra in central Syria.

The Syrian state news agency SANA reported that an Israeli airstrike targeted a communications tower and several nearby sites, killing one Syrian soldier and wounding three others. The attack was carried out from the direction of the al-Tanf area, near the Jordanian and Iraqi borders with Syria, a Syrian military source told SANA.

A joint operations room affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hezbollah and the Assad regime warned at the time that it decided to respond harshly to the airstrikes after several agents were killed and injured in them, according to media affiliated with Hezbollah. It is not clear if the statement referred to victims other than those reported by SANA.

A few days earlier, an alleged Israeli air strike against the T-4 airport, also near Palmyra, injured six Syrian soldiers.

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