Syria: Israel fired missiles on targets in central town

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Israeli missiles targeted central Syria on Friday, killing five people, including a civilian, and ignited fires in farmlands in the area, Syrian state media reported.

The official news agency SANA said the missiles were fired at the town of Masyaf in the Hama countryside, adding that several of them were shot down by Syrian air defenses. Unnamed military officials claimed that at least five civilians were among the casualties and seven others were injured.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syria war monitor, said Israeli aircraft fired at least eight missiles that struck weapons depots and sites belonging to Iranian militias in the Masyaf area, which led to several fires. It added that ambulances were seen running to the scene.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military on the attack, which the Observatory said was the 12th Israeli attack on Syrian territory since the beginning of the year. There are a number of activists working on ground in Syria as part of the Observatory.

Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

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