The Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes at a military base near the city of Homs late Saturday, injuring five soldiers, according to a Syrian state media outlet. The alleged operation came a day after Israel was accused of carrying out airstrikes in the Syrian capital Damascus shortly after midnight on Friday, for the second night in a row.
Footage circulating on social media showed explosions in the sky early Saturday.
State news agency SANA reported that Syrian air defenses intercepted some of the missiles, although the “attack” succeeded in injuring five soldiers and caused “material losses”. Damascus regularly claims that it is successful in intercepting IDF strikes, but military analysts doubt these assertions.
A Syrian military source told SANA “at around 00:35 this morning, the enemy of Israel carried out an air attack from the direction northeast of Beirut, targeting several points in the city of Homs and its countryside.”
The alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted sites near central Homs #Syria Saturday night, the third such strike to target Syria in a week.
Initial reports indicated that the strike was aimed at the Dabaa airfield near al-Qusayr. pic.twitter.com/UpSgUHsEdz
— ToniMrad (@murat_toni) April 1, 2023
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said explosions were heard at several sites including the Syrian military airport at Al-Daba’a near Homs, and a fire broke out at a research facility scientific in another area. .