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Israeli rocket hits southern Syria near Golan Heights, no injuries reported

An Israeli rocket hit southern Syria on Thursday, August 1 without causing any casualties, Syrian state media said.

The rocket fell in the Tel Bariqa area in Quneitra province, near the border with Israel, state news agency SANA reported.

A spokesperson for the Israeli army said it does not comment on foreign reports.

The Syrian province of Quneitra includes the Golan Heights, most of which is occupied and annexed by Israel.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, most of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shiite group that supports Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, who is also backed by Tehran.

Israel says it is determined to prevent its arch-foe Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran backs Assad’s regime.

The Jewish state insists that it has the right to continue to target positions held by Iran and its ally Hezbollah out of self-defense.

Most recently, on July 24, a likely Israeli missile attack targeted Syrian military positions held by the government and its allies in the Tal al-Harra area near the Golan Heights.

The Syrian conflict has killed more than 370,000 people and drawn in world powers since it started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests in 2011.


With reporting from AFP

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