Suspected Israeli Missiles Target Syrian Base

Trevor Jackson
December 3, 2017

The attack killed and wounded a number of Iranian soldiers, according to Al Qoraish, an Arab newspaper in London. Iran has not commented on the incident.

Syrian air defences intercepted at least two Israeli missiles fired at a government "military position" in Damascus province early Saturday but the attack still caused damage, state media reported. The report added that "our defense forces destroyed two enemy targets".

The surface-to-surface missiles were aimed at "military targets" to the south-west of Damascus, although Syrian air defences managed to down some of the projectiles, SANA news agency claimed. The Israeli planes were said to have come from the direction of Lebanon.

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The "blatant assault" led to material losses at the site in the countryside around the capital, it said, Al Jazeera reported. Israel has vowed to combat Iranian influence in Syria to defend its own interests in the region.

The message was recorded on Thursday, before the reported Israeli air strike on an Iranian base near al-Qiswa. Israel has not confirmed that attack either. Iran-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah, have helped Damascus regain control of swathes of the country. The base is being built at a site near the town of El-Kiswah, 14 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus and about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Israel-Syria border on the Golan Heights. 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.

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