Netanyahu: Israel will not allow Iran to establish military presence in Syria

Netanyahu: Israel will not allow Iran to establish military presence in Syria

Netanyahu: Israel will not allow Iran to establish military presence in Syria

According to both Israeli and Syrian state media, the Israeli Defense Force launched surface-to-surface missiles at "military targets" near the Syrian capital of Damascus.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the missile attack was likely carried out by the Israeli military and targeted several government military bases in Al Kiswah on the southwest outskirts of Damascus. Details of the attack are still unclear, as the first reports were in the Israeli media, and within a matter of hours were removed.

The surface-to-surface missiles were aimed at "military targets" to the south-west of Damascus, although Syrian air defences managed to down some of the projectiles, SANA news agency claimed. In this way, Israeli officials claim that their strikes are counterterror operations as the resistance group is considered a terrorist organization under Israeli law.

"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". Israel has vowed to combat Iranian influence in Syria to defend its own interests in the region. But the Prime Minister's Office saw fit to put out the short clip relating to Iranian presence in Syria on Saturday evening. "We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express objective of eradicating our state", said Netanyahu.

In November, the BBC reported that it had been told by a western intelligence source that Iran is establishing a permanent military base on a Syrian Army compound.

Satellite image of alleged Iranian base in Syria.

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