Blasts Heard in Bekaa amid Reports of Israeli Strikes in Syriaإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Strong blasts were heard Wednesday evening in the northern Bekaa towns of Ras Baalbek, al-Fakiha and al-Ain amid low-altitude Israeli overflights over several Lebanese region, the National News Agency said.
“It turned out that the blasts were caused by Israeli airstrikes on the countrysides of Damascus and Homs” in Syria, NNA added.
“The Syrian army fired several missiles at the raiding warplanes,” the agency said.
Al-Mayadeen television and other media outlets said an Israeli strike targeted the industrial area of Hisya in the countryside of Syria's Homs.
"The Syrian army responded with a surface-to-air missile that it fired towards the raiding Israeli fighter jets," al-Mayadeen added.
Israel has sought to avoid becoming directly involved in the six-year civil war in Syria, although it has acknowledges carrying out dozens of airstrikes against Hizbullah targets in Syria to stop what it calls advanced arms deliveries to the Lebanese group, which is a key ally of the Damascus government.
Israel fought a devastating 2006 war with Hizbullah in Lebanon and has voiced concern that the group's involvement in Syria risks opening up a new front.