Israeli air strikes in Syria kill 3 soldiers, wounding 3

Israeli air strikes in Syria kill 3 soldiers, wounding 3

DAMASCUS: Israeli air strikes on Syria killed three soldiers and wounded three others on Friday, according to state media after the latest incident in the war-torn country.

The attack resulted in the death of three soldiers, the wounding of three others, Syria's official news agency SANA said.

Since the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes inside the country, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters.

The Israeli strikes targeted sites in the countryside around the capital Damascus and south of the coastal Tartus province, SANA said. Syria's air defence systems intercepted some of the missiles.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitorObservatory for Human Rights war monitor also gave the same toll of killed and wounded from the strikes near an air defence base in Tartus province, where Iranian-backed groups are active.

The monitor said that the target site in Tartus is eight kilometres from a Russian base, which has a wide network of sources in Syria.

It said ambulances had arrived at the scene of the strikes in Tartus.

In early July, Syria's defence ministry said an Israeli strike conducted from the Mediterranean Sea near the town of Al-Hamadiyah, south of Tartus town, had wounded two civilians.

Two civilians were wounded on Friday by Israeli shelling in southern Syria near the occupied Golan Heights, according to state media.

A Israeli strike near Damascus killed three Syrian soldiers last month, state media said at the time. The military defended them as necessary in order to prevent Iran from getting a foothold on its doorstep after the latest incident Israeli authorities told the foreign media that they did not comment on reports in the foreign media.

The conflict in Syria started with the brutal repression of peaceful protests and escalated to foreign powers and global jihadists.

The war has killed nearly half a million people and forced half of the country's pre-war population from their homes.

Russia's military intervention in 2015 helped turn the war in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces once controlled only a fifth of the country.

Last month, the Observatory said a Russian air strike killed seven people, four of them children, in Syria's rebel-held Idlib region, in the country's north.