The attack resulted in the destruction of the facade of the hospital building and a number of residential buildings and shops. The media reported that the containers in the port caught fire.

Images provided by Syrian TV show flames and smoke in the container storage area.

A statement issued by the Syrian Ministry of Defense stated that “the Israeli aggression caused great material damage, and estimates of losses are still continuing.” Israel has not confirmed this information.

Reuter points out Israel frequently attacks targets it describes as “Iranian targets.” In Syria, where Tehran-backed groups, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, maintain significant forces supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Latakia is the main commercial port of Syria. At a distance of 20 kilometers from Latakia is the military base of Russia, Assad’s main ally.

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