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Five Syrian soldiers injured after new Israeli missile strike targets Homs province

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo shows the immediate aftermath of an Israeli strike against Syria.

The Israeli regime has carried out a fresh missile strike against Syria, targeting positions at several locations across the country's central Homs province.

According to a Syrian military source, the new attack hit targets both in the capital city of Homs and elsewhere on its suburbs early Sunday. 

The unnamed military source added that Israeli missiles were fired from the direction of northeastern Lebanon.

The regime's new act of aggression against Syria injured five soldiers while causing some material damage, the source said, noting that the country's air defenses intercepted Israeli missiles and shot down some of them.

The missile strike marked the third time that the regime has attacked Syria during the past four days.

Two previous Israeli missile attacks targeted Syria's capital city of Damascus and its vicinity on Thursday and Friday.

The Friday strike led to the martyrdom of a member of the Iranian military advisory support team in Syria, which has been helping the country in its fight against foreign-backed terrorists and militants. The Iranian military advisor was identified by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as Milad Heidari.

“The fake and criminal Zionist regime will surely receive a response to this crime,” the IRGC pledged in its statement.

The statement further slammed the silence and inaction of the international bodies over repeated Israeli attacks on Syria and continued violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent UN member state.

In a separate statement on Friday morning, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Nasser Kan’ani, strongly condemned the fresh Israeli airstrikes. He also lamented the international community’s failure to take appropriate and deterrent measures against the Tel Aviv regime’s acts of aggression on Syria, which target civilian airports and even residential neighborhoods.

Kan'ani described the latest Israeli airstrike on Syria as a blatant and repeated violation of international law and principles, a move by the regime to divert attention from internal crises and deep divisions within its society, as well as a testament to Israel’s dissatisfaction with growing stability in Syria and the recent rapprochement between the war-torn country and world countries.

The Tel Aviv regime mostly keeps quiet about its attacks on Syrian territory, which many view as a knee-jerk reaction to increasing success of the Syrian government and its allies’ in confronting terrorism.

Reacting to Israeli strikes, Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said the regime's offensives showed the sheer level of coordination between Tel Aviv and terrorist groups.

The ministry added that the "barbaric" acts of aggression were coordinated with terrorist groups that launched an attack against Syrian forces in Dana, Idlib province, on the same day.

The coordination proves beyond any doubt the deliberate intentions against Syria with the aim of prolonging the crisis and depleting the country's capabilities, the ministry said.

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