Airstrikes targeted pro-Iran groups in Homs and Hama provinces, says war monitor.

Four Syrian soldiers have been killed and one wounded by Israeli air strikes on military posts in Syria’s central and western regions, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

At about 6:30 am (03:30 GMT) on Saturday, Israeli jets flew over the Mediterranean Sea on military posts in central and coastal Syria, according to the report, which cited a military source.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British war monitor, said the attacks targeted pro-Iranian groups in Homs and Hama provinces, hitting weapons and ammunition.

The Syrian Observatory also said Israeli forces attacked a Syrian air defense battery in Latakia province.

Syrian air defenses counterattacked and caused material damage, SANA reported.

There is no comment from the Israeli army.

Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes on targets in government-controlled parts of Syria in recent years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses the operations.

However, Israel has acknowledged targeting the bases of Iran-allied fighters, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces by sending thousands of fighters.

On November 13, Israeli airstrikes killed two Syrian soldiers and three wounded in central Homs province, Syrian state media reported.

In October, a Israeli airstrike according to the Syrian Observatory, a Syrian soldier and three pro-Iran fighters were killed in central Syria.

The war in Syria began in 2011 after the government reacted violently to the protest movement in the country. Hundreds of thousands people have been killed and half of the country’s pre-war population of 23 million has been displaced.

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