Two pro-government Syrian soldiers have been killed in Israeli airstrikes. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based war watchdog, said.
According to France 24, Israel flew into the Syrian port of Latakia on Tuesday morning. Five pro-Assad forces were wounded in the attack. Later on Wednesday, two soldiers died at a hospital in Latakia.
According to Syrian state-controlled media, Israeli aircraft attacked the port of Latakia, carrying cargo containing engine oil and car parts. However, the British-based war watchdog said the cargo contained weapons and ammunition.
The Latakia port area is the western stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad.
Israel has carried out routine airstrikes in Syria since the start of the civil war. The Zionist state mainly targets pro-government Syrian forces and pro-Iranian militias.
Israel has carried out at least 30 attacks on Syrian soil this year. 125 government loyalists, including five civilians, were killed in the attacks.
Israel has always sought to legitimize attacks in neighboring Syria on the pretext that its arch-enemy Iranian militias could not establish bases.
More than half a million people have been killed since Syria’s civil war began in 2011.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has paid a rare visit to Israel. A statement from the Israeli Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
It said a meeting with the Palestinian president was held at Rosh Hein, the residence of Israeli Defense Minister Beni Gantz. During this time they discussed security and civilian issues.
During the meeting, Israeli Defense Minister Gantz Mahmoud Abbas said he wanted to continue working to strengthen bilateral trust on various economic and civilian issues.
“We have discussed ways to implement economic and civilian measures,” Israeli Defense Minister Gantz said in a tweet. We emphasize the importance of strengthening security coordination for the benefit of Israelis and Palestinians, and of preventing terrorism and violence.
Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh said in a tweet on Wednesday that Benny Gantz’s latest meeting with Mahmoud Abbas focused on creating a political environment in which a political solution could be found under an international resolution. The latest US-brokered peace talks stalled in 2014.
The meeting, which lasted about two and a half hours, was attended by Ghassan Aliyan, head of the relevant branch of the Israeli military in charge of civilian welfare in the Palestinian territories, Hussein al-Sheikh, a senior Palestinian Authority official, and Majid Faraj, the Palestinian intelligence chief.
In late August, Beni Gantz visited the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. It was the first high-level meeting in the last few years.