Syria reports Israeli airstrikes in northern Aleppo

Damascus, Syria (AP) —Israel launched an aerial attack late Monday in the southeastern part of Aleppo, northern Syria, Syrian military officials said.

An unidentified military official quoted by state news agency SANA said the Syrian Air Defense Force had shot down most of the missiles in an attack that occurred shortly before midnight. The target is still identified, officials said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor with activists on the ground in Syria, said Israel had targeted an Iranian-backed militia-backed arsenal operating in the Safira region of Aleppo. The group said the strike was followed by a big explosion. The group said the arsenal was in a Syrian military garrison.

The attack took place on the eve of Eid al-Adha, one of Islam’s most sacred holidays.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-related military targets in Syria over the years, but rarely admits or discusses such operations. Israel reportedly attacked a target in central Syria last month.

Fearing Iran’s trenches on its northern frontier, Israel has repeatedly attacked Iran-linked facilities and weapons convoys directed at Hezbollah.