5 May 2021

Israel attacks port city of Latakia and towns in Syria

1:32 pm on 5 May 2021

Syrian air defences intercepted an Israeli attack on several areas in northwestern Syria, including the port city of Latakia along the Mediterranean coast, state media says.

n image grab obtained from handout footage released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 14, 2020, reportedly shows footage of Syrian air defence firing into the sky.

The Israeli dawn attack had also hit the town of Hifa, east of the port city of Latakia. Photo: AFP/ HO / SANA

The Syrian government gave no details except that the Israeli dawn attack had also hit the town of Hifa, east of the port city of Latakia, and Misyaf in Hama province. Earlier state media had reported explosions in near Latakia city on Wednesday. (local time).

Israel has escalated in recent months a so-called "shadow war" against Iranian-linked targets inside Syria, according to Western intelligence sources, who say the strikes mainly target research centres for weapons development and military convoys moving missiles from Lebanon to Syria.

Iran's proxy militias led by Lebanon's Hezbollah now hold sway over vast areas in eastern, southern and northwestern Syria, as well as several suburbs around Damascus. They also control Lebanese-Syrian border areas.

Israel has said its goal is to end Tehran's military presence in Syria, which Western intelligence sources say has expanded in recent years.

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