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Israeli missiles target fighters near Palmyra

Damascus: Syrian air defences have opened fire and shot down several missiles launched by Israeli warplanes near the central historic town of Palmyra, state media said.

Syrian state TV gave no further details about the attacks, the latest to hit central Syria in three weeks.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said the Israeli strikes targeted Iranian and Iran-backed fighters in the desert near Palmyra on Monday night, local time, Tuesday AEST. It had no immediate word on casualties adding that Israeli warplanes were by flying over neighbouring Lebanon.

Israeli missiles fly in near the international airport in Damascus in Syria last year. Syria has again intercepted missiles it says were fired by Israel.

Israeli missiles fly in near the international airport in Damascus in Syria last year. Syria has again intercepted missiles it says were fired by Israel.Credit:SANA/AP

Iran is a strong backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has sent thousands of Iran-backed fighters to fight along his troops in Syria’s nine-year conflict.

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