TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Syria's state TV said that Israeli warplanes launched an attack in central Syria overnight and that Syrian air defenses hit back.

The TV report said that the attack late on Wednesday targeted a factory in Hissya area in the countryside around the central city of Homs, according to AP.

A Syrian army commander said on Wednesday night that the Israeli jet was targeted after it bombed the copper factory located to the south of Homs.

The so-called Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said loud explosions were heard south of Homs, from the location of a Syrian military base.

The Observatory attributed the explosions to an Israeli airstrike.

During the past few years, Israel has frequently attacked military targets in Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.

Back in April 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime's military had conducted strikes in Syrian territory.  

Damascus says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups operating inside the Arab country while the Tel Aviv regime's military carries out such sporadic strikes against Syrian government forces. The Israeli regime has even set up field hospitals to treat wounded militants evacuated from Syria.