Syria says Israeli air strike targets Latakia port, causing fire

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Israel carried out an air strike on the Syrian port of Latakia on Tuesday, causing a fire in a container storage area that was later extinguished, Syrian state media reported.

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An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment on the reports. The Syrian reports did not mention any casualties.

Israel has mounted frequent attacks against what it has described as Iranian targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have deployed over the last decade to support President Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s war.

Citing a military source, state news agency SANA said Israel had mounted an “aerial aggression” at 1:23 a.m., firing a number of missiles targeting the container storage area at the port and setting some on fire.

Images posted by SANA showed flames and smoke in the container area and a fire truck at the scene.

Ismail Hilal, the governor of Latakia, said fire fighters had put out the flames and were working to cool the site, SANA reported. State television said five explosions rocked the city.

Last month, Syrian state media reported four Israeli attacks.

Latakia city, on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, is its main port. Russia, which has been Assad’s most powerful ally during the war, operates an air base some 20 km (12 miles) away at Hmeimim in Latakia province.

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