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Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near Damascus

03 December 2017

Whilst he did accept Iran's expanding influence through proxies in Syria and elsewhere, Liberman asserted explicitly that Iranian presence was limited to "some Iranian advisers and experts".

These strikes are primarily against regime targets, including a reported Israeli hit on a military research facility in early September in northwest Syria.

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Syrian state media has said army units have intercepted Israeli missiles outside the capital Damascus, although some damage has been caused by "military strikes".

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. The incident reportedly occurred Friday night, with IDF planes attacking the Iranian base at al-Kiswah, south of Damascus. The report added that "our defense forces destroyed two enemy targets".

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Two missiles were intercepted, according to the Syrian State TV, but the base suffered material damages, he extent of which is still not clear.

A Sky News Arabic report stated some of the missiles were fired from within Lebanon. Satellite images showed construction at the alleged base. But the Prime Minister's Office saw fit to put out the short clip relating to Iranian presence in Syria on Saturday evening.

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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.

Syrian state media: Israeli missiles strike near Damascus