Syria 'intercepts Israeli missiles' outside Damascus

Syria 'intercepts Israeli missiles' outside Damascus

Syria 'intercepts Israeli missiles' outside Damascus

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence near its borders.

Syrian state television has confirmed that Israel attacked a military base outside of Damascus overnight on Friday, which Israeli media reports involved both surface-to-surface missiles and airstrikes, while Syria says its air defense systems were engaged and intercepted two missiles.

The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that the missile attack was likely carried out by the Israeli military and targeted several government military bases in Al Kiswah situated in the southwest outskirts of the capital. 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.

"At half past midnight (local time, Saturday), the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military position in Damascus province", SANA news agency reported.

It is not clear whether the Syrian army or Iranian and Hizballah militias were targeted in the strike.

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

Earlier, in November, the Israel Defense Forces shot down a drone over the Syrian Golan Heights.

The Israeli entity is closely linked to the terrorist organizations in Syria.

"The air defences of the Syrian army were able to deal with the attack... destroying two of the missiles", it said, adding that the attack nonetheless caused "material damage".

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