Syria 'intercepts Israeli missiles' outside Damascus

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Israel has launched missiles at a military installation outside the Syrian capital Damascus.

"The Israeli enemy fired after midnight at 12:30 several ground-to-ground missiles at a military location in the countryside of Damascus, where our air defences intercepted and destroyed two missiles", SANA cited security sources as saying.

In November, the BBC reported that it had been told by a western intelligence source that Iran is establishing a permanent military base on a Syrian Army compound. So far, however, the target of this reported attack is still unclear. According to the reports, Syrian forces fired back at the Israeli forces. The incident reportedly occurred Friday night, with IDF planes attacking the Iranian base at al-Kiswah, south of Damascus. In it, he addresses Iran's attempts to entrench itself in Syria and says Israel will not allow it. Sky News said the strike had been conducted with air-to-surface missiles from Lebanese airspace. Israel has not confirmed that attack either.

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Iran has provided critical support to President Bashar al-Assad's military in fighting Syrian rebels and Islamic State militants.

Tehran has helped prop up the Syrian regime with militias and officers.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war after Israel seized around 1,200 kilometers of land in the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six Day War of 1967. However, the images don't actually show much at all related to an Iranian military presence, but merely a series of two dozen large low-rise buildings - likely for housing soldiers and vehicles, which would be expected of any state army or sovereign nation.

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