Report: Israel Strikes Pro-Iranian Militia Base in Syria

Israel Strikes in Syria
(Illustrative) Syria's air defense missile, responding to a missile strike, is seen in the sky over Damascus, capital of Syria. (Photo: Global Look Press /ZUMA Press/ Ammar Safarjalani)

Syria on Monday accused Israel of carrying out pre-dawn airstrikes near Damascus, saying that its air defences units had engaged “incoming Israeli warplane activity” in Lebanese airspace.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported that Israeli jets fired several missiles from Lebanese airspace at an are near Damascus, but the projectiles were. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Video posted to Syrian social media in the early hours of Monday morning what appeared to be several missiles being fired into the air and loud explosions.

According to media reports, the target was a base housing pro-Iranian militias. There were conflicted reported about the number of casualties, with some outlets saying seven people were killed and others claiming three people were killed and four injured.

The Israeli military did not comment on the reports.

Syria media regularly claims alleged Israeli strikes fail to hit their targets, though those assertions are questionable.

There was no immediate comment from Israel.

While Israel usually remains mum on the issue,  military officials acknowledged last year that the IAF has struck hundreds of military sites in the country since the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, all housing Iranian asset.

Israel has repeatedly stated that it will not allow Iran, which sponsors global terrorism and patrons the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group, to entrench itself militarily in Syria, the Jewish state’s neighbor to the north.

Last week Syria accused Israel of hitting targets near Homs.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the targets were “military posts for Iranian militias in the Palmyra desert.”

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