Syria: Israeli missiles hit military base near Damascas

By Allen Cone  |  Dec. 2, 2017 at 9:45 AM
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Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Israeli missiles struck a military base near Damascus early Saturday morning, Syrian state television said.

An Iranian military base was struck around 12:30 a.m. near the city of Al-Kiswa, about eight miles southwest of the capital, the Syrian Arab News Agency said. The "blatant assault" caused material losses at the base, state media reported.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports, according to Haaretz.

The Syrian state media and Sky News Arabia reported Syria's air-defense system also intercepted two Israeli surface-to-surface missiles.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy explosions were heard in the area and electricity was cut off throughout Damascus.

The attack killed and wounded a number of Iranian soldiers, according to Al Qoraish, an Arab newspaper in London.

Sources told Al Jazeera that Israel coordinated the strikes to target military sites and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement

The BBC reported last month that Iran was building a permanent military base near the town. Satellite images showed construction at the alleged base.

Previously, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that it would not allow Iran to establish any military presence in Syria.

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