Syria reports Israeli airstrikes on central Homs province
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday targeting areas near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra in central Homs province, state television reported.
The report quotes an unidentified military official as saying the strike occurred shortly before midnight and targeted a telecommunications tower and some posts around it, causing only property damage.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said the strikes hit an air base known as T4, adding that militiamen backed by the Iran based there were targeted.
The strikes came five days after Syrian state media reported that Israeli strikes in Homs province injured six soldiers.
In recent years, Israel has reportedly been behind numerous strikes inside government-controlled areas in Syria.
Israel has staged hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.
Israel views Iran’s entrenchment on its northern border as a red line, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked installations and weapons convoys intended for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.