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US soldiers stand along a road across from Russian military armoured personnel carriers (APCs), near the village of Tannuriyah in the countryside east of Qamishli in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province on May 2, 2020. Image Credit: AFP

Damascus: Israeli missiles targeting a research facility in northern Syria were intercepted, Syrian state media said, in the fourth such attack in two weeks.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the war in 2011, targeting government troops, allied Iranian forces and Hezbollah fighters.

“Syrian air defences intercept an Israeli aggression on a research centre in Aleppo province,” the official SANA news agency said.

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Citing a military source, SANA later said the intercepted missiles targeted several “military depots” in the Al-Safira area southeast of Aleppo city.

The Israeli army did not comment on the reports.

The raids caused “violent explosions” in the area, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor which relies on a network of sources inside Syria.

The Observatory said they targeted weapons depots belonging to pro-Iran militias.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Israel rarely confirms its operations in Syria but says Iran’s presence in support of President Bashar Al Assad is a threat and that it will continue its strikes.

On Friday, Israeli air strikes hit a Hezbollah missile depot in central Syria hours after Israeli helicopters fired missiles at sites in southern Syria.