On Christmas Eve, forces of the Syrian regime and Iranian military inside Syria were struck by Israeli airstrikes in the strategic town of Masyaf in Hama province.

According to Syrian news reports, Israeli attack jets flew very low over Lebanese airspace and once over Tripoli, launched a missile attack on Iranian positions in Syria.

Syrian defense officials claimed to have intercepted “a barrage of missiles.”

The Syrian Ministry of Defense issued a statement saying that Israel “launched an aggression by directing a barrage of rockets” from the Lebanese city of Tripoli towards the Masyaf area. The official news site SANA reported explosions in Masyaf.

“Our air defenses intercepted the missiles and downed most of them,” the Syrian ministry’s statement added.

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR), a U.K.-based watchdog of the Syrian civil war, reported that the Israeli airstrikes destroyed warehouses and headquarters in the “Defense Factories” area where Iranian militias are stationed. 

The “Defense Factories” is a scientific research center located in al-Zawi village. The Iranians are developing medium-range missiles at the site. Another such site is located at the al-Talae’ camp in Sheikh Ghadban village outside of Masyaf. 

Ambulances were seen racing to the area. According to reliable sources quoted by SOHR, there were fatalities. A military academy of the Syrian regime’s forces is also located in Masyaf.