Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Israel hits missiles at military post near Damascus

Israeli Air Force Reports: Syrian Army Intercepts Missiles Near Damascus
Andrew Cummings | 03 December, 2017, 01:17

Syrian media reported Saturday that the "Israeli enemy fired missiles at an army base outside Damascus".

The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that the missile attack was likely carried out by the Israeli military and targeted several government military bases in Al Kiswah situated in the southwest outskirts of the capital. The Israeli attack, the report said, caused damage to the base. In this way, Israeli officials claim that their strikes are counterterror operations as the resistance group is considered a terrorist organization under Israeli law.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence near its borders.

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The video was recorded Thursday, before the alleged strike, and is set to air in full on Sunday at the Brookings Institution's annual Saban Forum in Washington, DC.

Israel is yet to comment on the reports, although its military has repeatedly targeted Hizballah positions. "We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express goal of eradicating our state", said Netanyahu. The British broadcaster commissioned a series of satellite pictures that showed widespread construction at the site.

Furthermore, the very title of the November piece - "Iran building permanent military base in Syria - claim" - underscores the complete lack of evidence for such a claim, which the BBC notes in the article is "impossible to independently verify".

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