Earlier this morning, the Israeli Air Force launched several airstrikes on the key Syrian city of Masyaf in the Hama Governorate. According to a military source near the scene of the airstrikes, the Israeli warplanes hit a number of sites near the Masyaf National Hospital.
The source said the Israeli airstrikes targeted some of the military storages in Masyaf; this resulted in several loud explosions that could be heard as far east as Hama city. He added that the S-300 system was not in use during the Israeli attack.
Masyaf is an important city because it is considered headquarters of the Tiger Forces and several other military units. The S-300 system has also been installed around the city.
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A little before 3:00 A.M. (Beirut time) this morning, the Israeli Air Force struck the city of Masyaf in the western countryside of Hama.
#BreakingNews: Right After #Netanyahu‘s Re-Election, #Israel Assaults #Syria#Israeli warplanes Striked #Syrian City Masyaf from #Lebanese airspace at about 2:30 am Saturday
Some missiles were successfully intercepted & 3 soldiers were injuredhttps://t.co/PtbT5AG44E pic.twitter.com/kWQdRVhkRF
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The Israeli airstrikes struck the Syrian military’s positions around the Masyaf National Hospital; this would result in several explosions that could be heard throughout the Hama countryside.
A source in Masyaf said the Syrian military managed to shoot down some of the Israeli missiles; however, the latter would eventually overwhelm their targets.
BREAKING: Syrian air defence forces have intercepted some of the missiles fired by AF of #Israel at a Syrian military base near the city of #Masyaf of #Homes CS, while the remaining missiles hitting the target have destroyed several buildings and injured three Syrian soldiers. pic.twitter.com/cpXl8HJ9pp
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At least three soldiers were wounded during the attack; they have been transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment, the source added.
Notably the Israeli assault comes a mere days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to hold on to power in a close election, and looks to go on to a record fifth term in office, where his foreign policy priority will continue to be countering Iran while seeking to prevent Tehran’s entrenchment in Syria.