Syria fires missiles at Israeli aircraft after Israeli missiles hit near Damascus

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Five missiles were reportedly fired by Israel one of which destroyed the arms depot situated near El-Kiswah and two of which were intercepted by the Syrian government "military position", according to SANA, Syria's state-run news agency.

This isn't entirely unusual within Israel, as the military censors often compel the media not to report stories.

"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. Whilst he did accept Iran's expanding influence through proxies in Syria and elsewhere, Liberman asserted explicitly that Iranian presence was limited to "some Iranian advisers and experts". In this way, Israeli officials claim that their strikes are counterterror operations as the resistance group is considered a terrorist organization under Israeli law.

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Israel has long warned that Iran is trying to establish a permanent presence in Syria.

The Israeli reports claimed the strikes targeted the "Iranian base" south of Damascus.

"Let me reiterate Israel's policy: We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons". So far, however, the target of this reported attack is still unclear. The BBC published what it said were satellite images that it had commissioned that showed construction activity at the site between January and October this year.

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