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Israel has launched an airstrike on an area in the southern outskirt of Damascus Syria army said early Wednesday.
According to the army, the area is where military defectors believe has a strong Iranian military presence and the attack is the second of such attacks within a week.
The aerial strike on a strategic area that Israel had hit in the past came from the occupied Golan Heights and the attacks has caused only material damages, the army statement said. The attack is said to have caused only material damage, the report says.
According to Military defectors, the strike targeted a military base in Jabal Mane Heights near the town of Kiswa, where Iranian Revolutionary Guards have long been entrenched in a rugged area almost 15 km (9.3 miles) south of the center of Damascus.
Strikes that occurred in July also hit towns near Kiswa, where Lebanese pro-Iranian Hezbollah militia is deployed with other pro-Tehran militias in strength, according to a senior army defector. The area has anti-aircraft missiles that are stationed to defend the Syrian Golan Heights along the border with Israel, the military sources said.
The report said that the aerial strikes targeted and hit a territory situated in a zone that extends from the southern countryside of Damascus to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights where the growing Iranian presence is adjudged as a strategic threat by Israel. The Syrian army statement said the Israeli aerial strike came from the occupied Golan Heights and caused only material damages.
Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s election defeat, Israel has launched air raids against what it called a wide range of Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria last Wednesday, sending a signal that it will pursue its policy of striking across the border. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government has never publicly acknowledged that there are Iranian forces operating on his behalf in Syria’s civil war, saying Tehran only has military advisers on the ground.
But when contacted by Reuters for comment, an Israel military spokesperson said ‘We don’t comment on these kinds of news reports.’
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK