Israel airstrike hits Syrian port of Latakia – state media

Smoke rises from a fire in a container storage area, after Syrian state media reported an Israeli air strike on the Syrian port of Latakia, Syria, in this handout picture released by SANA on December 7, 2021. SANA via Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Israel bombed the Syrian port of Latakia on Tuesday, according to Syrian state media.

Syria’s state media said the attack, the second such attack on the key facility this month, damaged facades of a hospital, some residential buildings and shops.

“At around 03:21 AM, the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial aggression with several missiles from the direction of the Mediterranean… targeting the container yard in Latakia port,” Syrian state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying, according to AFP.

“The Israeli ‘aggression’ caused big materialistic damages and assessing its results is still a work in progress,” the Syrian defense ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.

Latakia, a Mediterranean port, is Syria’s main commercial port.

Russia, which has been Assad’s most powerful ally during the war, operates an air base at Hmeimim some 20 km away from Latakia.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on Syrian territory since civil war broke out there in 2011, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and Hezbollah fighters.

On December 7, Israel conducted strikes on an Iranian arms shipment at the port of Latakia, located in President Bashar al-Assad’s western Syrian heartland.

(Esta Media Network/Agencies)

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