For the second time in a month, an Israeli bombardment targets Lattakia port

An Israeli air strike targeted a container yard in the port of Latakia in western Syria at dawn today, according to the Syrian official media, in the second targeting of its kind to the vital facility in one month.

And the official Syrian News Agency (SANA) quoted a military source as saying that “the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack today, with bursts of missiles, from the depth of the Mediterranean Sea, west of the city of Latakia, targeting the container yard in the commercial port in Lattakia.”

The agency noted that the bombing led to “significant material damage” and the outbreak of fires, which are being put out.

Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that darkness prevails in Latakia after the Israeli bombing, and firefighting teams are working to put out the fires.

Over the past years, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes in Syria, targeting Syrian army sites and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah targets. The port of Latakia was targeted for the first time on the seventh of December.

The previous Israeli strike at the port targeted an Iranian arms shipment stored in the container yard, according to what the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported at the time.

Israel rarely confirms strikes in Syria, but it reiterates that it will continue to counter what it describes as Iran’s attempts to entrench its military presence in Syria.

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