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Israeli airstrikes on wounds in villages along the Syrian coast 2

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Damascus, Syria (AP) —Israel carried out an air bomb on a coastal Syrian village near the Lebanese border on Saturday morning, Syrian state media reported. Two people were injured, including a woman.

The attack caused serious damage to the infrastructure and runway due to the June 10 Israeli airstrike at the international airport in Damascus, the capital of Syria, making the main runway unusable. It was the first attack since then. The airport was closed for two weeks and flight resumed on June 23.

State news agency SANA said Israeli fighters flying over northern Lebanon launched missiles at several chicken farms in Hamidiye village in the south. rice field. The coastal city of Tartus. The attack took place a few kilometers north of the border with Lebanon.

SANA said two people were injured in addition to property damage.

Israel has been on hundreds of strikes against Syrian targets over the years, but rarely admits or discusses such operations. Israel states that it is targeting bases for Iranian militias such as Hezbollah. Hezbollah is shipping weapons that are believed to be aimed at the militia, with fighters deployed in Syria fighting on the side of President Bashar Assad's government forces.

The strike at Damascus International Airport showed a major escalation of the Israeli campaign, further increasing tensions between Israel and Iran and its Lebanese ally, the radical Hezbollah group.

Saturday's attack took place hours before Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdrahian arrived in Syria and was scheduled to meet Syrian officials.

Iran is one of Assad's most powerful supporters, killing hundreds of thousands of people in Syria's 11-year conflict and expelling half of the country's prewar population of 23. Thousands of fighters have been dispatched from the region to support Syria's army. One million.

Last week, the United Nations reported that the conflict that began in March 2011 killed more than 300,000 civilians.