Israel strikes military installations near Damascus, state TV reports
JACK GUEZ (AFP/File)
Israeli fighter jets bombed several Syrian military installations around the capital of Damascus late Monday night, according to reports by a number of local outlets and the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.
The targets reportedly included the highly secretive scientific research center at Jamraya, which is known to Western intelligence agencies as a facility where the regime of president Bashar al-Assad has developed missiles, rockets, and also allegedly non-conventional weapons.
"Israeli planes targeted the Jamaraya region near Damascus including a scientific research center and warehouses where weapons and ammunition of the regime and its allies were stocked," Rami Abdel Rahmane, director of the Britain-based monitoring group told AFP.
Syrian state television reported that the Syrian military's missile shields intercepted three of at least six Israeli missiles bound for weapon plants and military bases in the area.
The report comes two days after Israeli reportedly fired several missiles at an Iranian military base just south of the Syrian capital.
Satellite imagery of the damage inflicted on the targeted arms depot was published Monday, days following an attack carried out from Lebanese airspace which has since been attributed to Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces spokesperson offered no comment on either report.
The construction of the Iranian military base was initially reported by the BBC last month indicating ongoing construction of some two-dozen low level buildings that they described as military barracks.
Israel has acknowledged carrying out repeated air and missile strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the bloody civil war six years ago to stop arms deliveries to Hezbollah, with which it fought a devastating 2006 conflict.
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