Reported Israeli airstrike ignites fire in Syrian port of Latakia
At around 1:20 a.m. early Tuesday, Syrian state media reported that Israel had launched a missile attack on Syria.
Syrian state media quoted an unnamed military official as saying that several missiles hit the container area in the port of Latakia, setting some of them on fire. The manager gave no further details. Syrian state media reported that five explosions were heard in the port and a huge fire broke out in the container area and fire trucks rushed towards the port. The IDF does not comment on foreign reports, a military spokesperson said.
Air defense systems were reportedly activated and journalist Nir Dvori reported on Channel 12 that an anti-aircraft missile fired by the Syrians missed Israeli planes, entered Israeli territory and detonated at high altitude above the sea ââlevel in front of Haifa. The shrapnel fell into the sea and caused no damage.
According to the report, the IDF’s air defense system tracked the missile but decided not to intercept it after it became clear that it was not endangering civilians. The IDF spokesman declined to comment on the details.