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Syria: Israeli air strikes near Deir Ezzor leaves two soldiers wounded

Israeli strike in eastern Syria marks a shift from previous strikes focused on Damascus and Aleppo
Syrian air defences respond to Israeli missiles targeting south of the capital, Damascus, on 20 July 2020 (AFP/File photo)

Two Syrian soldiers were wounded following an Israeli air strike on late Monday night in eastern Syria, Syrian state media said.

The attack on military posts in Syria’s Deir Ezzor region represents a departure from previous Israeli actions in Syria, which had largely concentrated on Damascus and Aleppo.

Syria’s state news agency Sana, quoting military sources, said the latest attack occurred just before midnight on Monday.

“The Israeli enemy carried out an aerial act of aggression on a number of Syrian armed forces’ positions in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor,” Sana reported.

The attack comes just two days after a suspected Israeli attack near Damascus targeting an alleged Iranian shipment of weapons making its way to Lebanon. 

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Over the course of the year, Israeli strikes in Syria have mainly targeted Aleppo International Airport and the airport in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The Israeli military has made no comment following the latest attacks, a stance it has maintained following previous assaults on Syria.

Israel has conducted hundreds of air strikes in Syria since 2011, targeting Syrian troops, Iran-backed fighters and Hezbollah.

However, attacks targeting airports and paralysing aviation have become more frequent over the last year.

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