Israeli missiles hit military position near Damascus
Israeli missiles hit military position near Damascus
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03 December, 2017, 01:11
According to Syrian state media, the Syrian air defenses intercepted at least two of the five Israeli missiles fired that reached government "military positions" in Damascus.
Syria's state news agency SANA said the surface-to-surface missiles, which were fired shortly after midnight on December 1, caused material damage.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, said the missiles, presumably Israeli, targeted "positions of the Syrian regime and its allies" southwest of Damascus. This NGO, which has a network of informers on ground, pointed out that explosions were heard throughout capital, where partial blackouts were also recorded.
An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment.
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