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Israeli Attacks Reported Near Damascus, Israeli Media Removes Story

03 December 2017

According to Syria's state-run SANA news agency, pro-government forces managed to destroy two of the missiles in a response attack.

Media outlets outside of Israel reporting on the incident make no mention of a "Iranian base," saying that what was targeted was an Army ammunition depot.

Israeli fighter jets launched surface-to-surface missiles at a military installation outside the Syrian capital Damascus overnight, Syrian state TV reported.

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The Israeli military has not confirmed if it carried out the strike.

Israel has also struck several Syrian military facilities since the conflict began, mostly near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. In it, he addresses Iran's attempts to entrench itself in Syria and says Israel will not allow it.

Satellite image of alleged Iranian base in Syria.

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The Israeli air force has said it struck arms convoys of the Syrian military and Lebanon's Hezbollah almost 100 times during more than six years of the Syrian war.

Last month the BBC revealed a claim that Iran was building a permanent military base near the town. The report was based on intelligence from "Western security sources", the report said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously warned that Israel would not allow Iran to establish any military presence in Syria.

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Hizballah fought a war with Israel in 2006. In short, the BBC spread what it acknowledged to be a mere "claim" based exclusively on an unnamed "Western intelligence source".

Israeli Attacks Reported Near Damascus, Israeli Media Removes Story