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Israel steps up attacks on Hezbollah in Damascus

27 December, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • IDF Destroys Fifth Hezbollah Attack Tunnel from Lebanon		Ilia Yefimovich  Getty27 Dec 2018

Konashenkov said the Syrian air defense forces shot down 14 of the 16 precision-guided bombs dropped by the Israeli jets, while the remaining two hit a Syrian military depot, injuring three Syrian soldiers.

United Kingdom -based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed in a statement that rockets were indeed fired towards the occupied Golan.

Russian Federation has confirmed that Syria's air defense systems had destroyed 14 of 16 Israeli missiles which meant to target areas west of the capital Damascus.

US President Donald Trump's surprise announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria "will not change anything", the Israeli leader emphasized. No injuries or damage was reported.

But in May, Israel said it had struck nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure inside Syria in its biggest assault since the start of the civil war there in 2011. The missiles are believed to have been fired by Israeli warplanes that had also violated the Lebanese airspace.

"The air strikes were again conducted by the Israeli aircraft under cover of civilian planes descending to land at the airports of Damascus and Beirut", the ministry added.

Minister Gebran Bassil also issued instructions to Lebanon's envoy to the United Nations to lodge a complaint against Israel at the Security Council, the statement said.

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Several senior members of the Lebanon militant group were injured as they boarded a plane for Iran, according to Newsweek.

Israel has on numerous occasions targeted Iranian and Hezbollah sites in Syria that it regards as threats to its own security.

"Missiles fired from Israeli planes targeted. arms depots southwest and south of Damascus that belong to Hezbollah or Iranian forces", the head of the Syrian Observatory Abdel Rahman said.

State television Al-Ekhbariya carried a breaking ticker saying air defenses had intercepted missiles.

Russian Federation announced it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria in October.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes against Iran, Hizbollah, and occasionally the Syrian regime as part of its campaign to prevent Iranian forces and their allies from entrenching in Syria.

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