Four Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli airstrikes
Israeli airstrikes hit central and coastal regions of Syria early Saturday, killing four soldiers and wounding one, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.
Syrian air defences countered the attack, which came from the Mediterranean Sea side and also caused material damage, the agency said.
"At approximately 6:30 this morning (0330 GMT), the Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression over the Mediterranean Sea, from the direction of Banias, targeting some posts in the central and coastal region," the agency quoted a military source as saying.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the UK based war monitor on Syria, said that loud explosions were heard in the coastal province of Latakia as well as Hama and Homs regions in central Syria. It gave no further details.
The Israeli military declined to comment.
Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets what it has described as Iranian and Iran-backed forces inside government-controlled parts of Syria in recent years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.
On November 13, Israeli missiles hit a major air base in Syria's Homs province, killing two servicemen and injuring three. Military sources said the air base, at Shayrat, was recently used by the Iranian air force.