Syrian air defenses have been deployed in the early hours of this morning to stop an Israeli airstrike in the al-Qusayr area of Homs province, Syrian state media reported.
A Syrian military source said only material damage had been reported so far. The Israeli army had no comment to make.
A Syrian military source quoted by Al-Ihbariya TV as saying that most of the rockets fired by the Israeli Air Force had been shot down.
Homs borders Lebanon, where the Shiite Hezbollah faction controls most of the rugged border region.
This is the second Israeli military operation in Syria this week. At least five fighters close to the Syrian regime were killed in Israeli raids in Aleppo province on Monday night., according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The victims were two Syrian fighters and three foreigners, members of pro-Iranian paramilitary organizations, according to the same NGO.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, positions near the As Safira scientific research center were hit, bases and a weapons depot of paramilitary organizations near Iran were destroyed.
Since the outbreak of armed conflict in Syria in 2011, Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes against positions of Syrian government forces and their allies, Iranian and pro-Iranian groups, and Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
The Israeli military rarely acknowledges that it is conducting operations in Syria; however, it announced earlier this year that it had hit at least 50 targets in the war-torn country last year.
In June, Israeli airstrikes in central Syria killed at least 11 Syrian regime fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Sources close to Western intelligence explain that the escalation of Israeli airstrikes on Syria from 2020 is part of a secret war being waged with the unofficial approval of the United States.