Two soldiers killed in Israel Air Force attacks with targeted bases believed to have a strong presence of Iranian-backed militias.
The Syrian army says it has responded to Israeli attacks on southern, central and eastern Syria in which two soldiers were killed in what military defectors and intelligence sources said was a wave of raids that targeted Iranian bases.
The army said late on Tuesday that Israeli jets hit an army outpost in Salamiya and another in Sabura towns in Hama province only hours after missiles struck other military installations in Deir Az Zor province along the border with Iraq and in southern Syria near the border with Jordan.
Earlier, an army statement said several attacks occurred simultaneously, one at a military outpost in Kabajib, east of Deir Az Zor and in the vicinity of the town of Sukhna in the nearby eastern desert.
A third attack hit a military installation further south, in the town of Salkhad, near the southern city of Sweida. Two soldiers died, and four were wounded.
The bases are in zones in eastern and southern Syria that Israel had attacked in recent months and which are believed to have a strong presence of Iranian-backed militias.
A senior Syrian military defector and a regional intelligence source told Reuters news agency that an Iranian arms depot near the city of Salamiya was set on fire after it was repeatedly bombed, while a command centre in the town of Sabura run by Iranian militias was also severely damaged.
The Israeli army declined to comment.
Regional intelligence sources say Israel’s attacks on Syria are part of a shadow war approved by Washington and part of the anti-Iran policy that has aimed to undermine in the last two years Iran’s extensive military power without triggering a major increase in hostilities.
Israel has acknowledged conducting many raids inside Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011.
Israeli military officials have said in recent weeks Israel would step up its campaign against Iran in Syria where Tehran has expanded its presence with the help of proxy militias.