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    Syrian Air Defenses Down Several Missiles Fired by Israeli Warplanes – Reports

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    The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported about a missile attack on Hama and Tartus carried out by the Israeli Air Force. The latter, however, has not yet commented on the strike.

    Eight people were wounded in Israeli air strikes on Syria's Tartus province, the SANA news agency reported citing hospital officials. Earlier Tuesday, the agency said citing hospital officials one person was killed and four others were wounded.

    Prior to that, SANA reported that Syrian air defenses thwarted several rockets launched by Israeli planes in the Wadi al-Uyun region in Hama province and in Tartus. The state agency stated that military air defenses were used to confront several rockets fired by Israeli planes near Hama.

    As the Al-Masdar media outlet reported, only five of the missiles had been intercepted. According to the media, the rockets were launched by Israel, targeting Hama. The media, however, have yet to precisely specify what objects were targeted by Israel in Syria.

    It is still unknown whether the airstrikes were carried out in close proximity to the Russian naval support facility in Tartus.

    Prior to that, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported, citing witnesses, about several explosions that were heard in the countryside of Hama province.

    Earlier, a Syrian government TV station alleged that the explosions were an aggression.

    On July 23, Israeli planes attacked positions in the province of Hama (220 km from Damascus) from Lebanon's airspace, causing no casualties. At the time,  Syria's air defenses had managed to intercept three missiles.

    On August 3, the Syrian military shot down an Israeli drone over the suburb of El-Kiswa in southwest Damascus.

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