Israeli attacks kill 3 soldiers, wound 7: Syria

Israeli attacks kill 3 soldiers, wound 7: Syria

Israel has acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes in Syria on Iranian targets and Tehran's allies.

Israel attacked Syrian military positions in the country'ssouth early Sunday, killing three soldiers and wounding seven others, Syria'sstate-run media reported.

State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official assaying the attacks struck military positions in the southern region ofQuneitra, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. They also caused materialdamage, it said.

An Israeli military spokesman confirmed on Twitter thatIsrael targeted several military positions in Syria. He said the targetsincluded two artillery batteries, several observation and intelligence postsand an SA2 air defense unit.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, anopposition's war monitor, said Israeli warplanes struck positions and an armsdepot of Iranian troops and Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters.

The attacks came hours after the Israeli military said twoprojectiles were fired from Syria toward the Golan Heights.

The Israeli military said Saturday there were no reports ofcasualties or damage. Israeli media said that sirens warning of incomingrockets were not activated.

Israel has acknowledged carrying out dozens of airstrikes inSyria on Iranian targets and Tehran's allies.

Last week, Israeli aircraft hit a Syrian military post afterthe army said an anti-aircraft missile was fired at one of its fighter jets.Syrian media said a soldier was killed in that airstrike.           

Israel says it will not allow Iran, which has sent forces tohelp President Bashar Assad in Syria's civil war, to establish a permanentmilitary presence in Syria.

For years, Israel has remained largely silent about itsattacks against Iran and its Shiite proxies operating in neighboring Syria. Butin recent months, military and political leaders have become increasinglyoutspoken about these activities.

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