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The Syrian government has again linked Israeli air strikes in the country with rebel operations.
Around 01:13 local time Thursday, Israel fired several missiles in the Al-Qusayr area of Homs Province in western Syria, close to the Lebanese border. The attacks caused material damage and Syrian air defense forces shot down some of the missiles, official Syrian news channel SANA reported.
Later on Thursday, the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed in a statement to SANA that the attack coincided with “terrorist attacksin rural Aleppo in northern Syria and Turkey, cutting off water at Hasakah in the northeast.
Israel is suspected of carrying out regular air raids against Syrian and Supported by Iran military targets in the country, although Israel rarely confirms such news. Thursday’s airstrikes were the second this week after Israel reportedly also fired missiles on targets outside Aleppo on Monday.
After Monday’s incident, the Syrian Foreign Ministry accused Israel of: working with “terrorists” like the Islamic State and the former al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Shami (HTS), formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra. The ministry also named the rescue workers of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, in his statement.
“Israel’s terrorist attacks will not protect its terrorist collaborators in al-Nusra Front, Daesh and the White Helmets,” the ministry said, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. “And they will not deter the Syrian Arab army from its fight against terrorists.”
Syria is still embroiled in a decade-long civil war against rebels in the country, including HTS in the northwestern province of Idlib and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army groups near the Turkish border. In this sense, Israel’s attacks are happening at the same time as the government’s conflict with rebel groups. Turkey-backed troops are in control from parts of rural Aleppo and intense fighting in Idlib is underway. The Syrian government and Kurdish forces in the northeast have also accused Turkey of cut off water to the region, including Hasakah, recently.
Israel medical treatment given to some wounded Syrian rebels earlier in the conflict near the border with Syria. The country has not openly supported rebel groups as Turkey and some Gulf countries have. conspiracy theories on Israeli support for IS are also popular in the region, including among supporters of the Syrian government.
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