Israel air strikes hit military infrastructure in Syria following rocket attack

Israel air strikes hit military infrastructure in Syria following rocket attack
The airstrikes come as fears over a regional expansion of the war between Hamas and Israel grow.
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Israeli aircraft have hit targets in Syria since 7 October, including Damascus and Aleppo airports [Getty]

Israel's military said Monday it had carried out strikes on military infrastructure inside Syria, as fears grow that its war against Hamas could spur broader regional conflict.

"A short time ago, an IDF fighter jet attacked the launchers from which the launches were made last night from Syrian territory towards Israeli territory," the military said.

The Israeli jet "struck military infrastructure in Syrian territory," it said.

The military did not provide more details, but according to Israeli public broadcaster Kan News, the strikes took place near Daraa.

Concerns are growing about the regional fallout from Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza.

There has been a string of attacks on US forces in Iraq and Syria as well as increasing exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and Israeli forces on the Lebanon border since the Gaza conflict began.

Late Sunday, the Israeli military said it was striking "Hezbollah terrorist targets in Lebanon", also in response to rocket fire.

Cross-border exchanges with Hezbollah have become an almost daily occurrence since 7 October, when Hamas assaulted southern Israel and killed around 1,400 people, and seized nearly 239 hostages, according to Israeli officials.

Israel has imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip, which had already been under an Israeli blockade for 16 years, and began an unrelenting bombardment of Gaza, which the Gaza health ministry says has killed 8,005 people, including 3,324 children.

Since the Hamas attack, cross-border violence has killed at least 59 people in Lebanon according to an AFP tally.

Most were Hezbollah fighters, although there have been four civilians among the victims, including Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah.

Israeli officials have reported four deaths, including one civilian.

Nearly 29,000 people have been displaced in Lebanon due to the clashes, according to the International Organization for Migration.