Syria army intercepts Israel missiles near Damascus

Casey Dawson
December 3, 2017

According to reports on Lebanon's Al-Mustaqbal TV and the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network, accounts on the Telegram messaging app tied to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps have been reporting 12 fatalities, while also reporting the names of those killed.

Israel is yet to comment on the reports, although its military has repeatedly targeted Hizballah positions.

Syrian air defences intercepted at least two Israeli missiles fired at a government "military position" in Damascus province early Saturday but the attack still caused damage, state media reported. The report claimed that some of the missiles had been intercepted by Syrian air defenses.

Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said the missile strike targeted a military base near Kesweh, south of Damascus.

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

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recorded a video message for the upcoming Saban Forum in Washington.

Israel claims the strikes have been in self-defense. In it, he addresses Iran's attempts to entrench itself in Syria and says Israel will not allow it. 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". A series of satellite images showed construction at the location of the alleged base, which was made known to the BBC by a western intelligence source.

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