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Two rockets fired at northern Israel from Lebanon, one intercepted

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Two rockets were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel early Tuesday morning, setting off warning sirens in the Western Galilee region, the IDF said.

One of the missiles was intercepted by Israeli air defenses, while the second missile fell in an open area, the IDF said. It did not identify the system used to bring down the missile.

There were no reports of injuries or damage and the military said there are currently no special instructions for residents of the region.

The sirens came about four hours after Syrian state media said Israeli planes fired a number of missiles at targets near the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Syria rarely retaliates directly for Israeli attacks, but in the past has inadvertently fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israel while trying to shoot down Israeli fighter jets and missiles.

Several Palestinian terror groups are active in southern Lebanon, along with the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, which is closely associated with the Syrian regime of Assad.

Earlier, the official SANA news agency said Syrian air defenses repelled the attacks near the town of al-Safirah, southeast of Aleppo. Syrian war analysts generally dismiss the military’s regular claims about interceptions as false, empty boast.

There were no immediate reports of casualties and damage.

Explosions seen near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 19, 2021 after a reported Israeli airstrike (Screencapture/Twitter)

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war observer with activists on the ground in Syria, said the Israeli strikes targeted weapons depots belonging to Iranian-backed militias exploiting the area. The group said the strikes were followed by loud explosions. The weapons depots were located in Syrian military posts, the group said.

Video posted to social media showed a series of explosions in the area, while a video posted by SANA appeared to show a missile moving through the air as anti-aircraft fire was aimed at it.

The Israel Defense Forces did not comment on the reported attacks, in line with its long-standing policy of not confirming or denying its activities in Syria.

Aleppo is a large city in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey, and is an unusual – but not unprecedented – location for reported Israeli airstrikes. The last reported Israeli attacks in the area were in September 2020.

The IDF has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011 against Iran’s actions to establish a permanent military presence in the country and against attempts to transport advanced, groundbreaking weapons to terrorist groups in the region, mainly Hezbollah .

The pace of attacks has decreased significantly in recent months.

It is the first reported Israeli attack on Syria since early June, when attacks targeted air force positions near the village of Khirbet al-Tin on the outskirts of Homs, as well as a weapons depot belonging to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

The Israeli Air Force also struck targets in several regions of Syria, in the capital Damascus and in the provinces of Hama and Latakia. Eleven Syrian soldiers were killed in those attacks.

AP contributed to this report

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