Pakistan Today (Lahore)

Israel airstrike targets ‘Iran weapons’ in Syria port

- Mian abrar

An Israeli airstrike hit a shipment of alleged Iranian weapons in the Syrian port of Latakia on Tuesday, in the first such attack on the key facility, a war monitor said. The Israeli raid “directly targeted an Iranian weapons shipment in the container yard,” the Syrian Observator­y for Human Rights said. Syrian state media reported the strike on the container yard at Latakia port without specifying what was targeted. The Observator­y, a Uk-based organisati­on with a wide network of sources on the ground across Syria, said the raid triggered a series of explosions. It reported “huge material losses” but added there were no immediate reports of casualties. According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, the strike occurred at 1:23 am (2323 GMT Monday). “Our air defences repelled the Israeli aggression in Latakia,” it said, adding that a number of containers caught fire in the strike. Latakia is the northernmo­st of Syria’s main ports, and lies around 230 kilometres (140 miles) north of Damascus. Photos and footage published by SANA showed a fire in the yard but state television said later that firefighte­rs had brought the blaze under control. Israel rarely comments on the air strikes it carries out in Syria but has said repeatedly it will not allow its arch-foe Iran to extend its footprint in Syria.

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