Israeli airstrike hits Syrian port of Latakia, state media say


An Israeli airstrike struck the Syrian port of Latakia on Tuesday, the second such attack on the key facility this month, according to Syrian state media.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian territory since civil war erupted there in 2011, targeting government positions as well as Iranian-backed allied forces and Hezbollah fighters.

“At around 3:21 am, the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault with several missiles in the direction of the Mediterranean (…) targeting the container yard at the port of Latakia,” the Syrian news agency SANA said, citing a military source. .

The strike caused “significant material damage” and led to fires, the agency added.

On December 7, Israel carried out strikes against an Iranian arms shipment in the port of Latakia, located in west-central Syria under President Bashar al-Assad, without causing any casualties.

It was the first attack on the facility since the start of the war, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

While the Jewish state rarely comments on strikes it carries out against its northern neighbor, it has repeatedly stated that it will not allow its nemesis Iran to expand its footprint in Syria.



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