Syrian air defense systems intercepted several missiles allegedly launched by Israel against the province of Hama, in the west of the Arab country, at dawn on Friday, according to the official Syrian news agency SANA.
“Today, around 00:40 (local time), the Israeli enemy has carried out a missile attack (…) against the Mussyaf area, in the western suburbs of Hama,” a military source told SANA.
According to the same source, the Syrian defenses “have intercepted the missiles and shot down most of them,” without giving details about the missiles that have not been neutralized.
Israel has carried out more than 30 airstrikes on Syrian targets throughout this year, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, but a wide network of informants on the ground.
Israeli actions against Syria are interpreted as a warning to Iran, a key ally of the Bashar al Assad regime, to curb its growing influence in the region.