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Syria fires missiles at Israeli aircraft after Israeli missiles hit near Damascus

03 December 2017
Syria fires missiles at Israeli aircraft after Israeli missiles hit near Damascus

Earlier Tehran based Press TV reported that Syrian army has fired at least four surface-to-surface missiles at Israeli aircraft as the (Israeli) regime launched an attack against the western countryside of Damascus.

Israel has declined to comment. Foreign media reports state the location of the targeted base is Al-Kiswa, about 13 kilometers south of Damascus. This military facility has never been confirmed by anybody as actually belonging to Iran, but Israeli outlets played that narrative up as part of the "Iranian threat".

Israel's bombings in Syrian territory typically operate under the guise of combatting the Lebanese resistance, Hezbollah, which Israel sees as a primary enemy.

Furthermore, the very title of the November piece - "Iran building permanent military base in Syria - claim" - underscores the complete lack of evidence for such a claim, which the BBC notes in the article is "impossible to independently verify".

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. "Arms convoys in particular have been singled out by the Israeli air force".

Satellite image of alleged Iranian base in Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in a video clip published Saturday night that Israel would not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria. Israel has vowed to combat Iranian influence in Syria to defend its own interests in the region.