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Israeli planes said to strike in central Syria, killing 1, injuring three others

Damascus says ‘communications tower’ near Palmyra also damaged in the attack, marking the second alleged Israeli strike in recent days

Illustrative: A Syrian anti-aircraft missile is fired into sky near Damascus during an alleged Israeli airstrike on January 6, 2021. (Screen capture: SANA)
Illustrative: A Syrian anti-aircraft missile is fired into sky near Damascus during an alleged Israeli airstrike on January 6, 2021. (Screen capture: SANA)

A Syrian soldier was killed and three others were wounded in an Israeli airstrike targeting an area south of the city of Palmyra in central Syria on Wednesday night, according to Syrian media.

The state-run SANA broadcaster said at around 11:30 p.m, Syrian air defenses in the central province of Homs opened fire on the missiles.

The Israeli warplanes launched their missiles from the direction of al-Tanf, a US outpost on the border between Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, according to SANA.

Damage was caused to a “communications tower and some areas around it” near the city of Palmyra, the report said.

One Syria soldier was killed, and three others were wounded in the strike, according to SANA.

It would mark the second alleged Israeli strike in Syria in recent days, after six Syrian soldiers were wounded in an airstrike targeting th T-4 airbase outside of Palmyra on Friday night.

Israel’s military does not comment on reports of specific strikes in Syria, save for those that are in retaliation for attacks from the country.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel fears Iranian entrenchment on its northern frontier, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah.

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