Syria accuses Israel of carrying out attack that causes damage, second this week

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Syria accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in a central province on Thursday, the second such attack in as many days. The airstrike caused material damage, it said.

The country’s state news agency quoted an unidentified Syrian military official as saying that air defense systems are carrying most of the missiles in the attack in the region of Quseir in the province of Homs. The report did not specify what the target was.

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There was no immediate response from Israel.

Lebanon’s neighboring president, Michel Aoun, urged his foreign minister to join forces with the United Nations to protest the use of Lebanese airspace to carry out attacks on Syria. Lebanese media, meanwhile, reported that on Thursday a missile fell in Lebanon — in Lahfed, a village in the north — creating a large crater in the ground.

Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks on Iran-affiliated military targets in war-ravaged Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. Late Monday, Syria reported an Israeli airstrike near the northern province of Aleppo, but went no further.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war observer with activists on the ground in Syria, said Monday’s attacks targeted arms depots of Iranian-backed militias operating in Aleppo’s Safira region.

The group also confirmed Thursday’s strikes and said they had destroyed ammunition and weapons depots of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in Homs. The Iran-backed group has been active in Syria for years, siding with President Bashar Assad’s forces in the devastating civil war and helping the government reclaim most of the country.

Separately, the Israeli military said it had detained two people after they crossed into Israeli territory from southern Lebanon. A statement said the suspects were arrested after an extensive search in the border area. After an initial on-the-spot questioning, the two appear to be unemployed, it added.

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