An Israeli airstrike today struck a consignment of Iranian weapons at a container terminal in the western Syrian port of Latakia in the first Israeli offensive against those strategically important facilities, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on Syrian soil, mainly targeting positions of Iranian forces and Hezbollah, which is fighting on the side of the Damascus regime.
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The Israeli missiles targeted “a consignment of Iranian weapons at the container terminal” inside the port, causing “severe explosions and property damage without casualties,” according to the Observatory, a United Nations-based militant group. Kingdom and has an extensive network of resources in the war-torn country.
This is the first time Israel has targeted the port of Latakia, the country’s main port, since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Observatory, told AFP.
“At around 01:23 (Greek time and local time), the Israeli enemy carried out an air raid with missiles targeting the container storage area in the commercial port of Lattakia,” a Syrian military source was quoted as saying by SAN.
The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police recruiting center, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more, officials said.
The Syrian air defense has been activated, SANA reports. Photos, transmitted by the agency, show a fire in the container storage area. Shortly afterwards, firefighters “managed to put out the fire,” according to the agency.
Israel very rarely confirms its attacks on neighboring Syria.
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