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Israeli Warplanes Strike Syria, Kill 4, Including Children

Israeli Warplanes Strike Syria, Kill 4, Including Children

Friday, 22 January, 2021 - 05:30
Syrian soldiers take a break as they battle a forest fire in the Ain Shams area, in the west of Hama province, on Sept. 10, 2020. (File/AFP)

Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early Friday, killing a family of four - including two children - and wounding four others, state media reported.

State-news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying the attack took place shortly before dawn when Israeli warplanes flew over neighboring Lebanon.

The Syrian military official said the attack was aimed at several targets in and near the central province of Hama. It added that Syrian air defense units shot down most of the missiles.

The official said the strike killed a family of four, consisting of a married couple and their two children, The Associated Press reported.

The strike also wounded four others, including two children, and destroyed three homes on the western edge of the provincial capital of Hama, SANA quoted the official as saying.

State TV said the family killed had been displaced by Syria's nearly 10-year conflict.

It was Israel’s first strike on Syria since President Joe Biden took office.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition monitor that tracks Syria’s war, said it recorded 39 Israeli strikes inside Syria in 2020 that hit 135 targets, including military posts, warehouses or vehicles.

The strikes also come amid intensifying low-altitude Israeli warplane missions in Lebanese skies that have caused jitters among residents.

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