One Syrian soldier killed, three wounded in Israeli air attack

FILE PHOTO: A road sign that shows the direction to the Syrian city of Palmyra is pictured on the edge of the city
FILE PHOTO: A road sign that shows the direction to the Syrian city of Palmyra is pictured on the edge of the city, in this handout picture provided by SANA on March 2, 2017, Syria. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

October 13, 2021

CAIRO (Reuters) -One Syrian soldier was killed and three others wounded in an Israeli air attack on Syria’s Palmyra area in the province of Homs on Wednesday evening, the Syrian defense ministry said.

The attack took place at 23:34 local time (2034 GMT) and targeted a communications tower and caused some material losses, it added in a short statement on its Facebook page.

The incident came days after Syrian state media reported that Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile attack above the Homs countryside, wounding six Syrian soldiers and causing some material damage.

Israel has for several years been mounting attacks on what it has described as Iranian-linked targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have put down a presence since deploying to help President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict that erupted in 2011.

(Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad and Enas Alashray, editing by Chris Reese and Cynthia Osterman)