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In rare daylight strike, Israel reportedly hits second site in Syria within hours

Smoke rises following alleged Israeli airstrike near Tartus, Syria, Sept. 13, 2023 (Photo: Screenshot)

For the first time since late August, Syria was the target of two rounds of Israeli air strikes on Wednesday, according to Syria’s official news agency SANA.

Israel was reportedly targeting a scientific research center in the Syrian mountain village of Taqsis in the Hama province.

The news agency quoted a military source as saying that missiles were launched from Israeli fighter jets from over northern Lebanon toward the village, where they reported “material losses ” but no casualties.

Israel rarely performs strikes during the daytime, but did so earlier on Wednesday when it struck targets near the Syrian city of Tartus, located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and some 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Hama. Israel allegedly targeted air defense sites in the region of Tartus.

According to reports from SANA, two Syrian soldiers were killed during the Tartus strike and six others were wounded, in addition to “material losses” caused by “the Israeli enemy.”

Several Syrian soldiers who serve in air defense units have been killed or injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes over the years.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), however, three Hezbollah members were killed when their warehouse was hit by explosions in the village of Al-Jamasa, near Tartus.

It is unclear whether Israel struck the targets from the sea or from the air.

Israel has been carrying out hundreds of strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, including the Iranian terrorist proxy Hezbollah and arms shipments bound for Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed terrorist groups. Israel has also frequently struck Syrian air defense systems. 

The two strikes on Wednesday were the first reported since the last reported Israeli strike on Syria's Aleppo International Airport on Aug. 28.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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