Watchdog: Israel mounts two attacks on Syria in less than 24 hours




Damascus - By Khalil Hamlo and Weedah Hamzah, - Israel has mounted two attacks on outposts of the pro-Iranian Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement and Syrian government troops in the war-torn country in less than 24 hours, a war monitor reported on Friday.
The latest missile attack struck an arms depot belonging to Hezbollah on the Homs-Palmyra road in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.



Observatory head, Rami Abdel-Rahman, said the Homs attack resulted in an unspecified number of casualties.
Meanwhile, Syria's state news agency SANA - citing the head of the Homs health department, Hassan al-Jundi - reported that at least 10  people were taken to hospital after they sustained injuries caused by shrapnel from the blast.
Homs Governor Talal Barazi said the explosion in the arms depot was the result of an attack, but he did not say who might be behind it. 
However, sources close to the Syrian government told dpa the blast in the Ibn al-Haitham Barracks, where the Syrian army has posts, was not the result of an attack but might have been caused by human error or by an electric short circuit.
The alleged attack came hours after Israeli aircraft reportedly hit positions of the Syrian government forces and their allied pro-Iranian militias in southern Syria.
SANA said Israeli helicopters fired missiles from the Golan Heights at the facilities, causing only material damage.
Quneitra residents told dpa that Israeli helicopters fired at least five missiles towards posts manned by the Syrian army in the region of al-Tel al-Gharbi in the countryside of the province.
So far, there has been no comment from Israel.
Israel had previously conducted strikes against targets in Syria, claiming they were part of an effort to prevent Iran from building up its military influence in the region.
Iran has been a major ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since a pro-democracy uprising erupted against his regime in 2011.

Friday, May 1st 2020
By Khalil Hamlo and Weedah Hamzah,
           


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