Syria Intercepts Israeli Missile Attack Near Damascus

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But other media outlets reported that the target was a military base that Iran is building in the area, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the Israeli border, and that loud explosions were heard after the attack.

Syrian air defences intercepted at least two Israeli missiles fired at a government "military position" in Damascus province early Saturday but the attack still caused damage, state media reported.

The message was recorded on Thursday, before the reported Israeli air strike on an Iranian base near al-Qiswa. Israel has long justified its attacks inside Syria by claiming to be acting against Hezbollah and Iranian facilities and arms depots.

It is not clear whether the Syrian army or Iranian and Hizballah militias were targeted in the strike.

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A report last month said that Iran was building a permanent military base in southern Syria. The report was based on intelligence from "Western security sources", the report said.

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.

Israel's stated policy on the civil war in Syria is that it is not taking sides. Then Israel used that claim to attack Syria, after which the BBC in circular fashion justified the attack based on its own original dubious "claim".

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