Israel Targets Iranian Military Base SW of Damascus

Katrina Barker
December 3, 2017

Twelve Iranian military personnel were killed in an alleged Israeli air strike on an Iranian base in Syria Friday night, Arabic media reported Saturday.

The spokesperson for the Israeli military declined to comment on reports of the attack.

Aljazeera reports that the Israeli raid was targeted at government military sites and Hezbollah positions and that the sound of large explosions caused by the raid was heard in the capital and surrounding areas.

Two missiles were intercepted in response.

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.

"The air defences of the Syrian army were able to deal with the attack... destroying two of the missiles", it said, adding that the attack nonetheless caused "material damage".

Meanwhile Times of Israel reported the incident quoting Arab media.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that "presumably" Israeli missiles had targeted "Syrian regime units and its allies" at a military base close to Kesweh, south of Damascus.

A report from the BBC in September alleged that Iran had established a military base in Syria, south of the capital; while Iranian forces may not have an overwhelming presence in the country, numerous militias - including Lebanon's Hezbollah - that are aligned with the Syrian regime are bankrolled and armed by the Islamic Republic.

Earlier, a senior Israeli official vowed to bomb Syrian President's palace if Hezbollah continued to expand its sway over Syria.

A Sky News Arabic report stated some of the missiles were fired from within Lebanon.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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