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Israeli airstrikes kill 4, including child, across Syria: Reports

File photo of an Israeli warplane (Photo by AFP)

Israeli airstrikes have reportedly claimed the lives of four people, including a child, targeting separate locations across Syria.

The youngster was killed after an Israeli aerial attack targeted the Mediterranean coastal city of Baniyas on Wednesday, the Syrian defense ministry reported. 

"The Israeli enemy launched an air attack from the direction of Lebanon, targeting a central site and a residential building in Baniyas city in the coastal region, killing a girl and wounding 10 [other] civilians," read a statement by the ministry.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based so-called monitor, put the number of the wounded at 20. 

It also reported that the Israeli regime had also targeted the countryside of the eastern Syrian city of Homs, killing three people. 

The Observatory identified the fatalities as "three Syrian fighters” cooperating with Hezbollah. The Lebanese resistance movement has been helping Damascus fight foreign-backed terrorism. 

Earlier in the day, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) had reported that the country's air defenses had intercepted “enemy targets in the skies of the city of Homs."

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

The regime has carried out hundreds of attacks against the country since 2011, when the Arab nation found itself in the grip of rampant foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.

Tel Aviv has significantly ramped up the strikes since last October, when it began a genocidal war against the Gaza Strip, in what has been described by observers as a reckless bid threatening to further fuel tensions throughout the region.

Most recently, the Israeli military was reported to have carried out an aerial assault against two vehicles in Homs Province, killing two Hezbollah members.

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