Syria says Israeli airstrikes target northern Aleppo region
Damascus claims to repel Israeli raids; no immediate reports of casualties or damage; IDF does not comment
By TOI STAFF
20 July 2021, 12:43 am
Israeli aircraft launched a number of missiles at targets near the Syrian city of Aleppo late Monday, Syrian state media said.
The official SANA news agency said that Syrian air defenses had repelled the strikes near the town of al-Safirah, southeast of Aleppo. Syrian war analysts generally dismiss the military’s regular claims of interceptions as false, empty boasts.
There were no immediate reports of casualties and damage.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor that has activists on the ground in Syria, said the Israeli strikes targeted weapons depots that belong to Iranian-backed militia operating the area. The group said the strikes were followed by loud explosions. The weapons depots were located inside Syrian military posts, the group said.
Video posted to social media showed a series of explosions in the area, while a video posted by SANA appeared to show a missile moving through the sky as anti-aircraft fire was directed at it.