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Two die of wounds from Tuesday’s purported Israeli strike on Syrian port city, claims monitor

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, firefighters work at the scene of a missile attack, at the seaport of the coastal city of Latakia, Syria, December 28, 2021. (SANA via AP)
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, firefighters work at the scene of a missile attack, at the seaport of the coastal city of Latakia, Syria, December 28, 2021. (SANA via AP)

At least two members of a pro-government militia were killed in Tuesday’s purported Israeli strike on the Syrian port of Latakia, according to a war monitor.

The strike before dawn yesterday marked the second time Israel has allegedly hit the key cargo hub since the outbreak of Syria’s civil war in 2011. The attack caused significant damage with stacks of containers catching fire.

“Two members of a pro-regime militia were killed in the Israeli strike,” says the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition-linked monitoring group with questionable funding. “They had suffered serious wounds and succumbed to their injuries” in a hospital in Latakia earlier today.

Three other militia fighters were also wounded. Syrian state media says the containers hit in the strikes carried “engine oil and spare parts for cars and other vehicles.”

But the Observatory says the cargo was “arms and munitions.”

The Israel Defense Forces did not comment on the Syrian claims, as a matter of policy.

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