Two rockets fired at northern Israel from Lebanon, one intercepted – .

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Two rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon early Tuesday morning, triggering warning sirens in the western Galilee region, the IDF said.

One of the rockets was intercepted by Israeli air defenses, while the second projectile fell in an open area, the IDF said. He did not identify the system used to bring down the rocket.

No injuries or damage were reported and the military said there were currently no special instructions for residents of the area.

The sirens arrived about four hours after Syrian state media said Israeli planes launched a number of missiles at targets near the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Syria rarely responds directly to Israeli strikes, but has in the past accidentally fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israel while attempting to bring down Israeli jets and missiles.

Several Palestinian terrorist groups operate in southern Lebanon, as well as the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, which is closely linked to the Syrian regime of Assad.

Earlier, the state-run SANA news agency said Syrian air defenses repelled strikes near the town of al-Safirah, southeast of Aleppo. Syrian war analysts generally dismiss regular allegations of military interceptions as empty bogus boasting.

There were no immediate reports of casualties and damage.

Explosions seen near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 19, 2021 following an Israeli airstrike (Screenshot / Twitter)

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor that has militants on the ground in Syria, said the Israeli strikes targeted arms depots belonging to militias supported by the Iran operating in the region. The group said the strikes were followed by heavy explosions. The arms depots were located inside Syrian military posts, the group said.

A video posted to social media showed a series of explosions in the area, while a video posted by SANA appeared to show a missile moving through the sky as anti-aircraft fire was directed towards it.

The Israel Defense Forces did not comment on the reported strikes, in line with their long-standing policy of neither confirming nor denying its activities in Syria.

Aleppo is a large city in northern Syria, near its border with Turkey, and is a rare – but not unprecedented – site for Israeli airstrikes. The last reported Israeli strikes in the region date back to September 2020.

The IDF has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011 against measures taken by Iran to establish a permanent military presence in the country and efforts to transport advanced and revolutionary weapons to groups terrorists in the region, mainly Hezbollah. .

The pace of attacks has slowed considerably in recent months.

This is the first reported Israeli strike on Syria since early June, when airstrikes targeted Air Force positions near the village of Khirbet al-Tin on the outskirts of Homs, as well as a arms depot belonging to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.

The Israeli Air Force also hit targets in several regions of Syria, in the capital Damascus as well as in the provinces of Hama and Lattakia. Eleven Syrian soldiers were reportedly killed in these strikes.

AP contributed to this report

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