Israel strikes military site near Damascus, Syria's state-run news claims

Reports: Syrian Army Intercepts Missiles Near Damascus

Suspected Israeli Missiles Target Syrian Base

But SANA insisted, citing informed sources in Syria, that Israel had launched a number of surface-to-surface missiles against the military base, adding that the Syrian air defense intercepted them and destroyed two of them.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said missiles, probably fired by the Israeli military, struck an arms depot of the Syrian army or its allied forces after midnight.

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

An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment. According to the reports, the damage to the base was heavy. Reports earlier in November said that foreign reports said that IDF planes had bombed several targets in Syria, striking weapons warehouses in the town of Hasya, near the Syria-Lebanon border.

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has often said that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a permanent presence in Syria and has reportedly sent a warning to this effect via a third party to Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Israeli daily reported. Then Israel used that claim to attack Syria, after which the BBC in circular fashion justified the attack based on its own original dubious "claim". Iran-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah, have helped Damascus regain control of swathes of the country. The British broadcaster commissioned a series of satellite pictures that showed widespread construction at the site.

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