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Israeli fighter jets to strike Syria for the second time this week

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Israeli planes launched airstrikes against Syria for the second night this week, Damascus said early Thursday.

The state-run SANA channel reported that Syrian air defenses confronted “Israeli aggression” in the skies over Homs.

Video published by the agency showed what appeared to be anti-aircraft missiles firing into the night sky, and witnesses on the ground reported hearing explosions.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The Israeli military does not comment on reports of specific attacks.

The attack comes as tensions between Israel and its northern neighbors have escalated in recent days.

By late Monday, Israeli planes were said to have fired missiles at a number of sites near Aleppo in northern Syria.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war observer with activists in Syria, said Monday’s Israeli attacks targeted weapons depots belonging to Iran-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.

Russia claimed on Tuesday that Syrian air defenses managed to shoot down seven of the eight missiles fired on Monday.

Hours later, two rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanon, provoking a response from Israeli artillery and Israeli leaders vowing not to let such attacks pass quietly.

Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks on Iran-affiliated military targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. Israel fears an Iranian entrenchment on its northern border and has repeatedly hit Iran-affiliated facilities and arms convoys destined for Hezbollah.

According to the observatory, Israel had carried out 14 attacks by Thursday in 2021, destroying some 40 buildings and killing 104 people.

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