3 people injured in Israeli rocket attack on Syria's Hama province – reports
The rockets were launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace at about 2.30am on Saturday, SANA reported. In response, Syria activated its air defenses and intercepted several missiles, the agency said. The alleged Israeli raid hit a military post in the city and destroyed several buildings. Three people have been reported wounded.
Lebanese Al-Masdar News reported, citing a military source on the ground, that Israeli rockets damaged a number of sites near the Masyaf National Hospital.
While Israel has not commented on the reported attack, it is presumed that Tel Aviv has made another incursion into Syrian territory to take on alleged Iranian elements there.
Israeli media reported in February that three of the four S-300 surface-to-air defense systems delivered by Moscow to Syria in October last year and stationed in Masyaf were photographed in an "erect" position, prompting speculation that they might be soon deployed into combat.
Israeli airstrikes hit the key city of Masyaf this morning. The airstrikes hit the military storages around the Masyaf National Hospital. Masyaf is where the S-300 system is placed....it was not used.— Leith Aboufadel (@leithfadel) April 13, 2019
According to the Al-Masdar source, the Russian-made systems had no role in fending off Saturday's attack.
Israel routinely rains down missiles on Syrian territory under the pretext of engaging Iranian targets there. In late March, the Syrian missile defense forces responded to an attack by Israel that reportedly targeted a civilian airport and caused a blackout in Aleppo.
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