At least two Israeli missiles have been intercepted outside the Syrian capital, state media said on Saturday, although some military targets suffered damage from the strikes. Other pro-Assad news outlets reported that the target of the IAF attack was an Iranian military base near the city of Al-Kiswa, eight miles south of Damascus.
Syrian state TV reports that the attack caused damage but two missiles were intercepted.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence near its borders. Iran-backed Shi'ite militias, including Hezbollah, have helped Damascus regain control of swathes of the country.
Israeli leaders of late have issued several statements committing to preventing a growing Iranian presence in Lebanon or Syria, including the establishment of bases. Israel does not, as a rule, comment on reported strikes in Syria. "We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express objective of eradicating our state", said Netanyahu.
Aljazeera reports that the Israeli raid was targeted at government military sites and Hezbollah positions and that the sound of large explosions caused by the raid was heard in the capital and surrounding areas. 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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