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Israeli aircraft reportedly attack Iranian military base near Damascus

Reports: Syrian Army Intercepts Missiles Near Damascus Suspected Israeli Missiles Target Syrian Base
Dexter Carr | 03 December, 2017, 00:50

Syrian state television has confirmed that Israel attacked a military base outside of Damascus overnight on Friday, which Israeli media reports involved both surface-to-surface missiles and airstrikes, while Syria says its air defense systems were engaged and intercepted two missiles.

The Syrian army's air defense at 12:30 AM Saturday, confronted an Israeli missile attack on one of the military sites in Damascus countryside, SANA reported Saturday morning. This NGO, which has a network of informers on ground, pointed out that explosions were heard throughout capital, where partial blackouts were also recorded.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence near its borders. Beirut media cited by Israeli press indicated in turn that rockets were fired from Israeli aircraft that overflew Lebanese airspace, where y had simulated operations against local targets in a maneuver of Distraction.

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Israel has acknowledged carrying out repeated air and missile strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the bloody civil war six years ago to stop arms deliveries to Hezbollah, with which it fought a devastating 2006 conflict.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community.

On November 10, the BBC reported that Iran had established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside Al-Kiswa. Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, including Hezbollah, have helped Damascus regain control of swathes of the country.

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