Four Syrian soldiers were killed and one wounded in Israeli airstrikes on military posts in central and western Syria. The Syrian state news agency SANA reported this information.

At 6:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, Israeli jets flying over the Mediterranean Sea targeted central and coastal Syrian military posts, the report said, citing a military source.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitor, said the strikes were aimed at pro-Iranian groups, weapons and ammunition caches in Homs and Hama provinces.

The Syrian Observatory also said Israeli forces targeted a Syrian air defense battery in Latakia province. Syrian air defenses retaliated, causing material damage, SANA reports said.

The Israeli military has not commented on the attack.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes against targets inside government-held parts of Syria in recent years. However, Israel rarely acknowledges or discusses these issues.

However, Israel has admitted that it targets the bases of Iran-allied fighters, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

Syrian state media reported that an Israeli air strike on November 13 killed two Syrian soldiers and wounded three others in Homs province.

An Israeli airstrike in central Syria in October killed one Syrian soldier and three pro-Iranian fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory.

War broke out in Syria in 2011 when the government responded violently to the country’s protests. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and half of the country’s previous population of 2.3 million was displaced.

(19 November)