An American tank drives on the outskirts of Qamichli, in northwestern Syria (archives).
Two civilians were wounded Thursday evening in a series of Israeli strikes against positions around the cities of Hama and Tartous in western Syria, the official Sana news agency reported. /p>
Around 7:15 p.m., our air defenses faced Israeli aggression from the sea in the southwest Tartous area, Sana wrote, adding that most dropped missiles had been intercepted.
According to the agency, two civilians were injured by these strikes and there was material damage and several fires in the targeted areas.
Israeli strikes targeted positions and depots of weapons and ammunition of Iran-affiliated militias in several airstrikes, said specified the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), reporting several victims, without further details.
The London-based NGO, which has an extensive network of sources in Syria, added that around four hours later, the explosions still sounded at times in the depots, continuing from time to time. fuel fires, some of them very large.
These were among the heaviest Israeli strikes against Iranian militia positions given the ongoing explosions, she said.
A Syrian Air Force officer is also, according to the same source, missing.
In recent years, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, against regime positions as well as Iranian-backed allied forces and fighters from the pro-Iranian Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah.
< p class="e-p">Syria's neighbor Israel rarely comments on the strikes on a case-by-case basis, but has admitted to carrying out hundreds since 2011. The Israeli army has presented them as necessary to prevent Iran from seizing ;establishment on its doorstep.
At the same time, the American army announced Thursday that it had killed four members of armed groups linked to Iran in 24 hours in the eastern Syria, in response to rocket fire that injured several ranks of American soldiers in the area.
This is the third consecutive day of firefights in Syria between US forces and armed groups suspected of being linked to the x27; Iran.
I ordered the August 23 strikes to protect and defend the security of our forces (…) and to deter Iran and Iran-backed armed groups. x27;Iran to re-attack U.S. forces and positions, President Joe Biden said in a message to Congress.
The United States stands ready to take further action, as necessary and appropriate, to respond to new threats or attacks, the President added.
Tehran however on Wednesday denied any link with the groups targeted by the American strikes in Syria.
Since the start of the war in Syria in 2011, pro-Iran factions were sent to fight alongside Bashar Al-Assad's regime. Iran says it has no troops in Syria, but says military advisers from the Revolutionary Guards, its ideological army, operate alongside the regime.