Israeli warplanes strike Syria, kill four – including children

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early yesterday, killing a family of four – including two children – and wounding four others, state media reported.

State-news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying the attack took place shortly before dawn when Israeli warplanes flew over neighbouring Lebanon.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office yesterday declined to comment on the reports. Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years. But it rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

The Syrian military official said the attack was aimed at several targets in and near the central province of Hama. It added that Syrian air defence units shot down most of the missiles.

The official said the strike killed a family of four, consisting of a married couple and their two children. The strike also wounded four others, including two children, and destroyed three homes on the western edge of the provincial capital of Hama, SANA quoted the official as saying.

State TV said the family killed had been displaced by Syria’s nearly 10-year conflict.

It was Israel’s first strike on Syria since United States (US) President Joe Biden took office.