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Syrian air defenses repel Israeli attack over Tartus, Hama

File photo of the Israeli regime's warplanes

Syria’s air defenses have repelled yet another Israeli act of aggression targeting the Arab country’s western areas.

The Israeli aerial assault took place at 19:15 local time (16:15 GMT) against the countryside of the cities of Tartus and Hama on Thursday, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported, adding that two civilians were injured in the attack.

Syria’s air defenses brought down most of the incoming missiles, “which [also] caused some material damages and [eruption of] a blaze in some of the targeted areas,” the report added.

Syria and the Israeli regime are technically at war due to the latter’s 1967-to-present occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights.

Israel maintains a significant military presence in the territory, which it uses as one of its launchpads for its attacks against the Syrian soil.

The regime's attacks on Syria started to grow significantly in scale and frequency after 2011, when the country found itself in the grip of rampant foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.

The most recent Israeli attack against the Syrian soil took place over Tartus on August 4, killing three servicemen and wounding three others.

Reporting through a statement at the time, the Syrian military said the Arab country’s air defenses had confronted “hostile” Israeli targets in the airspace above the city and the nearby mountain range of Qalamoun.

Lebanese media outlets also said back then that the attack had been carried out by Israeli warplanes from the Lebanese airspace, which Tel Aviv regularly violates in order to be able to target reinforcements belonging to the Syrian military and its allies.

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