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Israeli Strike Targets Regime, Iran Positions near Damascus

Israeli Strike Targets Regime, Iran Positions near Damascus

Monday, 23 December, 2019 - 06:15
Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018. (Reuters)
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Syrian anti-aircraft defense on Sunday fired on Israeli missiles, shooting down one that fell outside Damascus, the official Syrian news agency Sana reported.


The "hostile missiles came from the Occupied Territories," Sana said, referring to Israel, adding that one missile came down in Aqraba, a suburb of Damascus.


Four cruise missiles were believed to have been launched across the coast through Lebanese airspace toward Syria, a source in the regional alliance supporting Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad told Reuters.


An Israeli army spokeswoman contacted by AFP said Israel does not comment on reports in foreign media.


According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there were three explosions in the Damascus suburbs after the missiles targeted "Syrian regime and Iranian positions."


The Observatory could not immediately provide more details.


Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the Israeli army has made hundreds of strikes on Syrian territory against Iranian targets and pro-Tehran militias, who are allied with Assad.


An Israeli strike on November 20 killed 21 pro-regime fighters, including 16 foreigners and also two civilians, according to the watchdog Observatory.


Israel has vowed it will continue its strikes against Iranian targets trying to establish a permanent military presence there and against advanced weapons shipments to Hezbollah in Lebanon.


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