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New Israeli strikes on one of Syria’s main ports

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Since war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on its neighbor, targeting military positions as well as Iran-backed forces and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

h21, 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 “,” text “:” At around 03:21 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 “}}”>At approximately 3:21 a.m., the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault with several missiles in the direction of the Mediterranean. […] targeting the container yard in the port of Latakia, said the Syrian news agency Sana, citing a military source, in reference to the main commercial port of the country controlled by the Syrian government and located in the north-west of the country.

The port of Tartous, the largest in the country, located more than 80 kilometers further south, is operated by a Russian company.

The agency did not report any casualties, but fires and significant material damage, adding that several buildings near the port, including a clinic and shops, had been damaged.

Sana, who released footage showing firefighters attempting to bring down a massive blaze, said containers were full. oil and spare parts for cars and other vehicles.

The governor of Latakia, Ismail Hilal, announced that the firefighters had put out the blaze and that they had started the work of cooling the site, reported Sana.

A firefighter is fighting a fire.

A firefighter extinguishes flames afterwards in the Syrian port of Latakia.

Photo: Reuters / SANA

Hidden weapons?

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), an NGO based in the United Kingdom and which has a vast network of sources in Syria, affirms for its part that weapons and ammunition were in these containers, adding that it was not not clear if they were from Iran, Damascus’ great ally.

The bombardment resulted in violent explosions that were felt in the city of Latakia and its surroundings, added theSyrian Observatory for Human Rights.

On December 7, Israel launched a first attack on an Iranian arms shipment in the port of Latakia, without causing any casualties, according to theSyrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This bombardment set fire to a number of commercial containers, had for his part clarified Sana, evoking a retaliation Syrian air defenses.

We do not comment on foreign media informationan Israeli army spokesman said on Tuesday when asked about the latest strikes against the port of Latakia.

The Jewish state rarely comments on attacks it is carrying out on its northern neighbor, but has repeatedly stated that it will not allow its enemy, Iran, to expand its influence in Syria.

Iranian aid

Iran, considered the main regional ally of the Syrian regime, has provided political, economic and military assistance to Damascus since the conflict began in 2011.

Israel has recently stepped up the frequency of its strikes in Syria.

On November 3, airstrikes targeted arms and ammunition depots belonging to Iranian-affiliated fighters on the outskirts of Damascus, according to the report.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At the end of October, five fighters affiliated with Iran were killed in an Israeli strike against several positions in the suburbs of the Syrian capital, according to theSyrian Observatory for Human Rights who also reported the deaths of nine pro-Iran fighters in an Israeli strike the same month in the eastern suburbs of Homs. Damascus then reported the death of a Syrian soldier.

So far this year, Israel has targeted Syria some 30 times, killing 130, including five civilians and 125 regime fighters or members of its allied forces, according to the government.Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syria has been in conflict since 2011 which has caused the death of an estimated 500,000 people and enormous destruction of infrastructure, leading to the displacement of more than half of the pre-war population.

In 2021, the conflict left 3,746 dead according to theSyrian Observatory for Human Rights, a significant drop compared to the previous year, which already had the lowest balance sheet since 2011.

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