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Syria accuses Israel of carrying out a strike, the second in a week

DAMASCUS (AP) – Syria accused Israel on Thursday of carrying out an airstrike in a central province, the second time in as many days, claiming the airstrike caused property damage.

An unidentified Syrian military official quoted by the state news agency said air defenses shot down most of the missiles in the attack that occurred Thursday morning on targets it did not appointed in the region of Quseir, in the countryside of Homs.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iranian-linked military targets in war-torn Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. On Monday evening, Syria reported an Israeli airstrike southeast of the northern province of Aleppo, but did not mention details of the target or the damage.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor that has militants on the ground in Syria, said Monday’s strikes targeted arms depots belonging to militia-backed militias. Iran operating in the Safira region of Aleppo.

He also confirmed Thursday’s strikes, saying they destroyed ammunition and weapons depots belonging to Lebanese militant group Hezbollah in the western Homs countryside.

The Iranian-backed group has operated in Syria for years, helping President Bashar Assad’s government regain control of most of the country after a devastating civil war.

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