Syrian groups report Israeli airstrikes near Damascus

Syrian groups report Israeli airstrikes near Damascus

Syrian forces fired anti-aircraft missiles to thwart an attack by Israeli forces on the northwest Damascus countryside village of Jamraya, late in the night on December 4, according to pro-regime sources.

On Saturday Syrian state media said Israeli missiles struck a military position south of Damascus, and in September Israel attacked a Syrian military site believed to be linked to chemical weapons production.

According to Hezbollah affiliated Al-Mayadeen news site, Israeli warplanes had been flying over southern Lebanon at a low level before launching six missiles towards the research center in the Jamraya area, around 11:30 p.m.

While Syria and Israel, which have never signed a peace treaty, have repeatedly exchanged multiple tit-for-tat attacks, Netanyahu along with the country's defense minister stated that Tel Aviv is free to act in Syria for the sake of its security.

Israel regards Syria's ally in the region, Iran, as its number one "threat", accusing Tehran of supporting anti-Israel forces throughout the Middle East and vowing not to allow the Islamic Republic to turn Syria into its military foothold. "The target was a military base in the Damascus suburbs".

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The construction of the alleged Iranian base was first reported by the BBC last month, citing a Western intelligence official.

A few days later, ImageSat International took photographs, also with the EROS-B satellite of the site, which further supported the BBC claim.

Yet ISI stressed that the assumption that the site was being used by Iranians was taken from foreign media reports, and that the images alone did not necessarily prove Iranian presence. "In recent years, what we can say in retrospect, it was unrealistically hopeful [US] strategy that, given the nuclear deal - that this president called worst deal ever - that this deal will result in an Iran that would integrate effectively in region". They were expected to discuss Iran's alleged construction of the military base at al-Kiswah.

He assigned blame to the Obama administration without mentioning it by name. Another witness reported thick smoke rising over the area.