Syria intercepts suspected Israeli missile 'coming from Lebanon'
SANA news agency said on Friday the projectile had entered the Syrian airspace overnight from Lebanon, heading toward the town of Masyaf in Hama province.
The report implied the missile was fired by Israel, who have not issued a comment. However, the Israeli military is known to carry out strikes on Hizballah-linked targets inside Syria and Iran and rarely confirms its involvement.
Local sources told The New Arab’s Arabic-language service that several successive blasts were heard in Masyaf.
Syrian military posts in Masyaf have previously been hit in suspected Israeli strikes.
Russia, Assad’s military backer, upgraded Syrian air defence systems last year to the S-300 system.
By Friday morning, Assad-aligned forces had seized the villages of Tal Eys, Tal al-Sakhr, Kfar Ain and Khirbet Morshed west of the town of Khan Sheikhoun and were combing nearby farms.
The Syrian regime, along with its Russian ally, has led a devastating offensive on the Idlib and Hama provinces since late April in an attempt to win back some of the last remaining rebel-held areas after eight years of brutal civil war.
The offensive has gained momentum in recent days with its troops scoring significant advances, edging closer to Khan Sheikhoun, a major rebel-held town.
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