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Netanyahu: Israel will not allow Iran to establish military presence in Syria

03 December, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Israel missile strikes a military base attributed to Iran near Damascus

Israeli missiles struck a military position near the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight, but Syria's air defense thwarted them, the country's state television reported on Saturday.

This isn't entirely unusual within Israel, as the military censors often compel the media not to report stories.

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Other pro-Assad news outlets reported that the target of the IAF attack was an Iranian military base near the city of Al-Kiswa, eight miles south of Damascus.

Meanwhile Times of Israel reported the incident quoting Arab media.

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SANA says the missile attack occurred shortly after midnight on Friday and caused material damage.

Israel had no comment on the report, but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had recorded a statement last week that was presented at the Saban Forum, taking place in Washington this weekend, that Israel "will not allow Iran to base itself in Syria and threaten Israel". However, reports from Lebanon's Al-Mustaqbal TV and the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network stated that information on the deaths emerged from accounts on the Telegram messaging application linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. In this way, Israeli officials claim that their strikes are counterterror operations as the resistance group is considered a terrorist organization under Israeli law. Sky News said the strike had been conducted with air-to-surface missiles from Lebanese airspace. However, the images don't actually show much at all related to an Iranian military presence, but merely a series of two dozen large low-rise buildings - likely for housing soldiers and vehicles, which would be expected of any state army or sovereign nation.

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