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An Israeli airstrike wounded three Syrian soldiers on April 12, 2019. In this photo from March 25, 2019, an explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen in Gaza City.

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An Israeli airstrike on a military position in Syria’s central province of Hama early Saturday wounded three soldiers and destroyed several buildings, the state news agency SANA reported.

SANA quoted an unnamed military official as saying that the airstrike near the town of Masyaf occurred in the early hours of Saturday. It added that Israeli warplanes fired missiles toward Syria from Lebanon’s airspace and that Syrian air defences shot down some of them.

The Israeli military does not usually comment on reports concerning its airstrikes in neighbouring Syria though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets in Syria. The last such strikes that Israel announced were in late March.

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There was no immediate comment from Israel.

Iran is a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has offered military advisers and sent thousands of Iran-backed fighters and material support to help Assad’s government forces in the eight-year conflict.

Israel considers Iran a national security threat and says it won’t tolerate Iran’s presence on its borders.

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