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4 killed in Syria strike

Unidentified aircraft targeted several military posts in the coastal and central region of Syria, the SANA state news agency reported.

By Erin Viner

According to a military source speaking to the agency, four Syrian Armed Forces (SAF)soldiers were killed and one wounded in the attack.

The Syrian military blamed Israel for the strikes.

“The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression over the Mediterranean Sea, from the direction of the Banias” in an early morning strike on Saturday, the military source told SANA, while also claiming that the attack was “countered” by Syrian air defenses.

The latest strike reportedly caused some material damage.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the allegations of involvement.

Israel has acknowledged mounting hundreds of attacks on Iranian-linked targets in Syria where the Islamic Republic’s forces and proxy terror groups including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have become entrenched in deployments aimed at attacking Israel for the last decade.

While the Jewish State rarely confirms such missions, the country’s political and defense leaders have repeatedly stated that Iran’s presence just over the northern frontier will not be tolerated.

Last week, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that Iranian proxy armies, including the Hezbollah terror group, were destroyed in an aerial assault. Two SAF servicemen were reportedly killed and three others injured in the strike on the base located in Shayrat southeast of Homs city, which the Syrian military admitted has recently been used by the Iranian Air Force.