Syria says Israeli airstrike kills 4 civilians, wounds 21

The dead included a baby and that other children were among the wounded in the town of Sahnaya, southwest of Damascus.
Monday 01/07/2019
Students are seen in a playground of a school in Sahnaya, near Damascus Syria February 1, 2018. (Reuters)
Students are seen in a playground of a school in Sahnaya, near Damascus Syria February 1, 2018. (Reuters)

Israeli warplanes attacked military positions in central Syria early Monday, with a missile near the capital, Damascus, killing four civilians and wounding 21, Syrian state media reported.

Israeli warplanes fired missiles from Lebanese airspace targeting military positions in the central province of Homs and suburbs of Damascus, said Syrian state news agency SANA, adding that Syrian air defense forces opened fire toward the Israeli missiles.

SANA said the dead included a baby and that other children were among the wounded in the town of Sahnaya, southwest of Damascus.

Israel does not usually comment on reports concerning its strikes in neighboring Syria, though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets there.

On June 12, Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian army position in the country's south.

For years, Israel has remained largely silent about its attacks against Iran and its Shiite proxies operating in neighboring Syria. But in recent months, military and political leaders have become increasingly outspoken about these activities.

(AP)