Second alleged Israeli attack inside Syria in a week hits research centre in Jamraya on the outskirts of Damascus.
According to Syrian media reports, Israeli missiles were fired at an army post on the outskirts of Damascus late Monday night.
"The shelling took place with missiles launched by Israeli warplanes", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported citing local sources. Witnesses told Reuters they heard three loud explosions and that smoke was seen near the Jamriya area.
According to Al Mayadeen, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, Israel fired six missiles, with three of them intercepted by Syria's aerial defense systems.
In a BBC report that revealed the Iranian base's presence in November, satellite images showed the construction of some two dozen new structures in the area that are likely used for housing soldiers and vehicles.
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a pro-Israel Washington think-tank that has been highly critical of the US failure to produce a military-economic strategy to prevent Syria falling apart, said the absence of a US blueprint helped Iran accumulate power.
Following the strikes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he won't allow Iran to "entrench" in Syria. Meanwhile, satellite images released by ImageSat International earlier Monday apparently evidence the damage caused to the Iranian base located al-Qiswah, some 50 kilometers north of the Israeli border.
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