Late on June 4, a series of Israeli airstrikes targeted a sensitive military research facility near the town of Masyaf in the western countryside of Syria’s Hama.
A military source told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) that the airstrikes were launched from Lebanon’s airspace. Sources in Lebanon confirmed this and shared several videos of Israeli warplanes flying at a low altitude over Kesrouane and Beqaa.
According to the SANA, Syrian air-defense systems intercepted a number of hostile missiles. Pro-government sources shared videos of some interceptions.
The targeted facility, which is run by the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, was targeted by Israel before. The facility is reportedly involved in the development and manufacturing of missiles. An S-300 air-defense system supplied to Syria by Russia is deployed near the facility.
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The Israeli airstrikes resulted in serious material losses. However, the SANA and several other pro-government sources said that there were no casualties.
Israel stepped up its attacks on Syria in the last few months. Several military sites in southern and central regions were struck. Israeli sources claim that the airstrikes targeted Iranian forces. However, most of the targeted positions were of the Syrian military.
By conducting such attacks, Israel hopes to force Iran to pull its forces out from Syria. This will not likely happen any time soon.