Israel Attacks Iranian Base in Syria

Geneva Matthews
December 3, 2017

One report claimed Syrian air defense shot down one of the missiles.

But SANA insisted, citing informed sources in Syria, that Israel had launched a number of surface-to-surface missiles against the military base, adding that the Syrian air defense intercepted them and destroyed two of them.

There has been no official Israeli comment on the attack, however, the message is clear, that Iranian bases will not be tolerated, as senior officials in Israel have stated. Israel has vowed to combat Iranian influence in Syria to defend its own interests in the region.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missiles, presumably Israeli, struck positions of the Syrian government and its allies southwest of Damascus overnight. According to the reports, Syrian forces fired back at the Israeli forces.

The Britain-based group, which monitors the war through a network of contacts in Syria, said the attack hit near al-Kiswa town south of the capital Damascus, causing loud explosions.

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

However, other sources allege that strikes were aimed at an Iranian military said to be located near Kiswah.

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. Satellite images commissioned by the BBC show construction activity at the site from January to October, 2017.

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