0427 GMT June 19, 2021
Syrian air defenses downed several Israeli missiles in pre-dawn raids on the Mediterranean port city of Latakia, the Syrian Army said on Wednesday.
A Syrian Army statement said airstrikes shortly after 2 a.m. hit several areas along the southwest coast of Latakia. One civilian was killed and six injured in one of the airstrikes that hit a civilian plastic factory in the city of Latakia, Reuters reported.
“Our air defenses intercepted the attackers’ missiles and shot down some of them,” the statement said.
State media earlier reported that the Israeli attack also hit the town of Hifa, east of the port city of Latakia, and Misyaf in Hama Province.
The Israeli military did not immediately comment.
Although Israeli strikes in recent years have targeted many areas of Syria, they have rarely hit Latakia, which is close to Russia’s main air base in Hmeimim.
The Israeli air assault was the first on Syria since Tel Aviv claimed last month that a “Syrian missile” had landed near the top-secret Dimona nuclear site in the southern part of the Israeli-occupied territories, according to Press TV.
The regime admitted that its so-called Iron Dome missile system had failed to intercept the missile.
The Israeli military said back then that in response to the alleged launch, it attacked several missile batteries in neighboring Syria, most of which were intercepted and downed by the air defenses of the Arab country.
Call for UN action
Earlier in April, Syria renewed its call for the United Nations Security Council to take a “firm and immediate” action against acts of aggression by the Israeli regime.
Following an Israeli missile attack on April 8, the Syrian Foreign Ministry in a statement said the Israeli attack near the Syrian capital city of Damascus at dawn was in flagrant violation of the UN Charter, principles of international law, and relevant Security Council resolutions, which all demand respect for Syria’s sovereignty.
The Syrian ministry added that Israeli officials tend to pride themselves on such acts of aggression in order to cover up their moral and political crises, highlighting that the authorities’ persistence on the attacks comes under the aegis of Washington’s unlimited and continuous support.
The statement added that Israeli officials support terrorist groups wreaking havoc across Syria, and prevent Syrian government forces and their allies from crushing Daesh, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other terrorist groups.