Israel Bombs Syrian 'Military Targets' near Damascus

In his first public statement after Shabbat following an Israeli air strike on an Iranian military base outside Damascus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement in English condemning the Islamic Republic's presence in Syria. Iran has not commented on the incident.

Syria's state news agency says Israel has fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military post near the capital, Damascus. The extent of the damage is not clear yet, although the TV report spoke of "material losses" at the base. Other pro-Assad news outlets reported that the target of the IAF attack was an Iranian military base near the city of Al-Kiswa, eight miles south of Damascus. Reports earlier in November said that foreign reports said that IDF planes had bombed several targets in Syria, striking weapons warehouses in the town of Hasya, near the Syria-Lebanon border.

According to Sky, the attack was carried out from Lebanese airspace; conflicting reports claimed Israel Air Force aircraft fired from within the Israeli Golan Heights. Israel has not confirmed that attack either.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community.

Indeed, BBC itself used ambiguous language in saying the satellite images "seem to show" construction activity at the site referenced by the intelligence source between January and October this year.

  • Tracy Klein