Syria: Israel Attacked Iranian Base outside Damascus

Syria: Israel Attacked Iranian Base outside Damascus

The attack killed and wounded a number of Iranian soldiers, according to Al Qoraish, an Arab newspaper in London.

On a visit to Damascus in October, Iran's military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace or territory.

Israeli missiles attacked a military position near Damascus overnight and Syria's air defense system thwarted them, Syrian state television said on Saturday. The report added that "our defense forces destroyed two enemy targets".

Pro-government forces in Syria managed to intercept two of the missiles, Syrian's state-run SANA news agency reported. The extent of the damage is not clear yet, although the TV report spoke of "material losses" at the base.

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Israel has acknowledged carrying out repeated air and missile strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the bloody civil war six years ago to stop arms deliveries to Hezbollah, with which it fought a devastating 2006 conflict. Israel has not confirmed that attack either.

Iran and Lebanon's Hizballah movement are allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Iran-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah, have helped Damascus regain control of swathes of the country.

On November 10, the BBC reported that Iran had established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside Al-Kiswa. The report was based on intelligence from "Western security sources", the report said. Satellite images showed construction at the alleged base.

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