Syrian Army Intercepts Missiles Near Damascus


At least two Israeli missiles have been intercepted outside the Syrian capital, state media said on Saturday, although some military targets suffered damage from the strikes.

But other media outlets reported that the target was a military base that Iran is building in the area, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the Israeli border, and that loud explosions were heard after the attack.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the missile attack was likely carried out by the Israeli military and targeted several government military bases in Al Kiswah on the southwest outskirts of Damascus. Israel has long justified its attacks inside Syria by claiming to be acting against Hezbollah and Iranian facilities and arms depots.

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Previously, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that it would not allow Iran to establish any military presence in Syria.

Following recent détente agreement for south of Syria signed by Russian Federation (ally of Damascus) with United States and Jordan (which support opposition to regime), Israel has demanded creation of a zone of military exclusion for Chilean forces of at least 40 Kilometres of separation with Golan Heights, Syrian plateau occupied by Hebrew army since 1967. In 1967, Israel took control of the Golan Heights. A series of satellite images showed construction at the location of the alleged base, which was made known to the BBC by a western intelligence source.

The two countries remain technically at war.