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Israeli Strike on Syria’s Latakia Port Sparks Blaze, Syrian Media Reports

(JNS) Israel launched a missile strike on Syria’s Latakia port early on Tuesday, Dec. 7, according to official Syrian media.

The missiles were launched from the direction of the Mediterranean at approximately 1:23 a.m., and targeted shipping containers housed at the port, said the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), citing a Syrian military source.

Latakia Governor Ismail Hilal told SANA that firefighting teams had successfully extinguished the resulting blaze in the port’s container yard. There were no reports of casualties.

The Latakia port is Syria’s main commercial shipping hub. According to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has sources on the ground in Syria, the target of the strike was a weapons shipment belonging to “Iran-backed militias.” The strike caused violent explosions and “heavy” material damage, according to the report.

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