Suspected Israeli Missiles Target Syrian Base

Saul Bowman
December 3, 2017

Sources told Al Jazeera that the Israeli raid was aimed at government military sites and positions of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement and that the sound of large explosions caused by the raid was heard in Damascus and its surroundings.

However, an Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on reports of the attack. The Israeli military has not confirmed the strike.

Israeli aircraft on Friday fired several missiles at Iranian military base outside the Syrian capital of Damascus, Sky News Arabia and other news media reported.

Although the air defences responded to the attack, intercepting two of the missiles, the rest caused damage to the base.

On several occasions, the Syrian army has also confiscated Israeli-made arms and military equipment from terrorists fighting the government forces.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war after Israel seized around 1,200 kilometers of land in the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six Day War of 1967.

Iran and Lebanon's Hizballah movement are allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, including Hezbollah, have helped Damascus regain control of swathes of the country. A series of satellite images showed construction at the location of the alleged base, which was made known to the BBC by a western intelligence source. It hopes, in short, to take economic advantage of reconstruction of country after almost seven years of civil war in which its contribution to foreseeable triumph of regime has been decisive.

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