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Syrian State Media Says 3 Killed in Israeli Attacks


FILE - A Russian Mi-28 helicopter flies off the coast of the Syrian port city of Tartus, July 25, 2022. Syrian state media said air defense forces were confronting an Israeli attack aimed at targets in the vicinity of the Syrian coastal province of Tartus

Three Syrian servicemen were killed and three wounded in Israeli attacks on Sunday, Syrian state media reported, citing the military.

State media said air defense forces were confronting what it said was an Israeli attack aimed at targets in the vicinity of the Syrian coastal province of Tartus.

It said the forces were also confronting "hostile targets" over the Qalamoun mountains near the border with Lebanon.

A Syrian military statement said there were two simultaneous Israeli attacks, a missile attack targeting the countryside near the capital, Damascus, carried out from the direction of southeast of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

The other came from the direction of the sea, aimed at points south of Tartous. Air defenses forces shot down some of the missiles, but there was "some material damage," the statement added.

Syria's state news agency SANA said fires caused by the attacks were controlled, without specifying where they had broken out.

The Israeli military declined to comment on reports of a possible strike in Syria.

Israel has been carrying out strikes for years against what it has described as Iranian and Iran-backed targets in Syria, where Tehran has deployed forces in support of President Bashar al-Assad since the Syrian war began in 2011.

The first ship to leave Ukraine under a deal to resume grain exports from the country two weeks ago was approaching the Syrian port of Tartous on Sunday, two shipping sources told Reuters earlier.

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