Syria alleges 'Israeli aggression' in Hama, four dead

Clay Curtis
January 23, 2021

Syrian state media reported Israeli airstrikes near the western city of Hama in the predawn hours of Friday morning.

The source confirmed that "the air aggression (.) resulted in the martyrdom of a family including a father, a mother and two children".

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria in recent years against suspected Iranian military deployments or arms transfers to Tehran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and stepped up attacks in the final weeks of U.S. President Donald Trump's rule.

It appears that the attack may have been in connection to an Iranian shipment that was unloaded at that Syria airport overnight, according to Intellitimes.

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Syrian air defences confronted early on Friday "an Israeli aggression" in the region of Hama that killed four people from the same family, state media said. The Syrian military official said the attack was aimed at several targets in and near the central province of Hama.

State TV said the family that was killed had been displaced by Syria's almost 10-year conflict.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor that tracks Syria's war, said the strikes targeted five posts for Iran-backed fighters based within Syrian army positions. Iran and its ally Hezbollah support the Syrian government in the civil war against rebel forces and Israel views their presence in neighboring Syria as a threat.

The Jewish state routinely carries out raids in Syria, mostly against targets linked to Iran in what it says is a bid to prevent its arch foe from consolidating a foothold on its northern border. The latest strikes also come amid intensifying low-altitude Israeli warplane missions in Lebanese skies that have caused jitters among residents.

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