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Syria: 4 killed, 9 wounded in Israeli airstrikes

BEIRUT – The Syrian government says a series of Israeli airstrikes targeting troops killed four people and wounded nine others in its first comment on the incident.

A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry also said the attacks caused extensive damage to Syrian army positions and equipment.

It said five Israeli warplanes carried out the raids, which were accompanied by mortar rounds and tank shells. It called the attack a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty and accused Israel of backing rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.

Israel says it carried out the strikes in response to a cross-border attack in which a teenager was killed. It was not clear if the attack was carried out by government forces or rebels.

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