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The attack was launched from Lebanon, a Syrian military source told state media.

An Israeli airstrike targeting the Syrian region of Homs injured three civilians, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported. The military said it intercepted some of the incoming missiles, but several found their targets.

Explosions erupted in Homs in the early hours of Saturday morning after “a number of missiles” rained on the city and surrounding areas, SANA said, citing an unnamed military official, who said the strikes were launched from airspace over northern Lebanon.

The attack resulted in the “wounds to three civilians, the ignition of a civilian gas tank and the burning of a number of tanks and trucks”, added the source, also saying that the Syrian air defenses “intercepted the aggressor’s missiles and shot down some of them.”

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did not confirm any operations on Saturday, in line with its usual policy of refraining from commenting on particular strikes. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously acknowledged the launch “hundreds” attacks on Syrian soil over the past decade, however, many of them against Iranian-backed forces aiding Damascus in its fight against jihadist rebel groups. The IDF has also accused the Syrian army of working with the Lebanese militant organization and political party Hezbollah, which it says poses a threat to Israel.

Syrian media reported several Israeli strikes this month, including shelling near the border with the occupied Golan Heights on Monday, as well as an airstrike in early April that reportedly killed two members of the elite Guardian Corps of the Iranian Islamic revolution. The IRGC vowed retaliation and a drone allegedly launched from Syria was later shot down by Israeli forces, The Times of Israel reported, citing a military source.

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The IDF also claimed that several rockets were fired from southern Syria days later, some of which landed in Israeli territory. Although they caused no casualties or damage, the attack prompted retaliatory artillery and drone strikes.

Saturday’s attack on Homs came just hours after Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian traveled to Lebanon’s border with Israel, where he met with local officials, including members of Hezbollah. During the trip, the FM said “positive developments” in the region would lead to “collapse of the Zionist entity”, referring to Israel.

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