Israel strikes a Syrian military base

Israeli warplanes launch airstrike near Damascus Syria – reports

Twelve Iranian military personnel were killed in an alleged Israeli air strike on an Iranian base in Syria Friday night, Arabic media reported Saturday.

Pro-government forces in Syria managed to intercept two of the missiles, Syrian's state-run SANA news agency reported. Like other recent strikes inside Syria, the Israeli jets reportedly fired from over Lebanese airspace, in order to avoid both Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems and provoking a Russian response. So far, however, the target of this reported attack is still unclear. According to the reports, Syrian forces fired back at the Israeli forces.

It appears the base is likely the same one featured in a November BBC report which showed satellite images detailing the purported construction and renovation of an "Iranian military base" near El-Kiswah, which lies 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus.

The extent of the damage is not yet clear although the TV report spoke of material losses at the base.

Iran and Lebanon's Hizballah movement are allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A report from the BBC in September alleged that Iran had established a military base in Syria, south of the capital; while Iranian forces may not have an overwhelming presence in the country, numerous militias - including Lebanon's Hezbollah - that are aligned with the Syrian regime are bankrolled and armed by the Islamic Republic. In 1967, Israel took control of the Golan Heights.

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