Airstrike on Syria’s Main Latakia Port Blamed on Israel

Syrian state media accused Israel of launching a missile attack on its port of Latakia. The missile attack early on Tuesday morning caused a fire in a container storage area that later was put out, causing extensive damage.

Five explosions were heard in the port, according to reports, that caused significant material damage but no loss of life. The London-based watchdog organization, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that the airstrikes targeted an Iranian weapons shipment meant for Iran-backed militias in the country.

Latakia, located on the Mediterranean coast of Syria, is the country’s main port. A Russian air base is located some 12 miles from the port. Israel neither confirmed nor denied the reports of an air strike.

Israel has in general attacked Iranian targets in Syria in hundreds of attacks attributed to it in recent years, in an effort to prevent the Islamic Republic from gaining a foothold in its neighbor to the north. Israel has generally avoided targets near Russian areas of operation, however.

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