Israel strikes Iranian targets near Damascus

03 December, 2017, 01:27 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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The Britain-based group, which monitors the war through a network of contacts in Syria, said the attack hit near al-Kiswa town south of the capital Damascus, causing loud explosions.

In a fresh escalation in the Middle East, Israel has fired missiles at a military position near Damascus over last night while Syria's air defence system has claimed of thwarting some of the attacks. As we've noted before, the BBC report was dubiously sourced to "a Western intelligence source" and the story was quickly utilized by Israeli leaders to ratchet up rhetoric in preparing its case before the global community for further attacks on the supposed Iranian targets.

SANA, the state news agency, claimed Syrian air defenses shot down two of the Israeli missiles.

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The source added that an Israeli fighter jet was flying at a low altitude over Lebanon's Baalbek region near Syria's border when the Syrian missiles were launched. According to those sources, "the Israeli aggression caused material damage to the site".

Israel has grown deeply alarmed by Iran's expanding clout during the conflict, and has warned it would act against any threat from its regional foe Tehran. Sky News said the strike had been conducted with air-to-surface missiles from Lebanese airspace. Syrian state television has confirmed that Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight Friday. But the Prime Minister's Office saw fit to put out the short clip relating to Iranian presence in Syria on Saturday evening.

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