Israel strikes on the Syrian port of Latakia


Israeli airstrikes hit the Syrian port of Latakia on Tuesday (December 28th), the second such attack in December against a strategic installation in the country, said Syrian state media. « At around 3:21 a.m., the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault with several missiles in the direction of the Mediterranean (…) targeting the container yard in the port of Latakia.« , Argued the Syrian news agency SANA, citing a military source. The attack caused « significant material damageAnd resulted in fires, the agency added.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian territory since civil war erupted there in 2011, targeting government positions as well as Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters. On December 7, Israel launched strikes against an Iranian arms shipment in the port of Latakia, located in west-central Syria ruled by President Bashar al-Assad, without causing any casualties. It was the first attack on this port since the start of the war, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO based in the United Kingdom and which has an extensive network of sources in the country at war.

The Israeli missiles had targeted « Iranian arms shipment directly to the container terminal« Inside the port, which resulted in »violent explosions and consequent material damage, without causing any victimsAccording to OSDH, an NGO based in the United Kingdom and which has a vast network of sources in the country at war.

This bombardment set fire to « a number of commercial containers« , Without causing victims, had specified SANA, evoking a »response from our air defenses».

The Jewish state rarely comments on strikes it carries out against its northern neighbor, but has repeatedly said it will not allow its enemy, Iran, to expand its influence in Syria. Iran, considered the main regional ally of the Syrian regime, has provided political, economic and military assistance to Damascus since the conflict began in 2011.

Israel has recently stepped up the frequency of its strikes in Syria and three servicemen as well as two Syrian militiamen affiliated with Hezbollah were killed on November 24 in a previous series of strikes targeting areas where pro-Iranian Lebanese Hezbollah is established in the region. central Syria, according to OSDH.

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