Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Netanyahu slams Iran in statement about airstrike on base in Syria

Netanyahu slams Iran in statement about airstrike on base in Syria

Syrian state television said Syria intercepted at least two Israeli missiles early Saturday that targeted a "military position".

On October 16th, the army Air Defense intercepted Israeli aircrafts which penetrated the Syrian airspace near the Lebanese borders and directly hit one of them.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on reports of the attack.

The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that the missile attack was likely carried out by the Israeli military and targeted several government military bases in Al Kiswah situated in the southwest outskirts of the capital. The Israeli military has not confirmed the strike. Israel has long justified its attacks inside Syria by claiming to be acting against Hezbollah and Iranian facilities and arms depots. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria as it seeks to do for the express objective of eradicating our state, " Netanyahu said in a televised address that will be aired in full at the Saban Forum in Washington, which is taking place this week.

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The Israeli air force has said it struck arms convoys of the Syrian military and Lebanon's Hezbollah almost 100 times during more than six years of the Syrian war.

Hadashot News reported November 26, that Netanyahu had warned Syrian President Bashar Assad via a third party that Israel would intervene against him in the Syrian civil war if he allowed Iran to establish a military presence in the country.

A BBC investigation revealed last month that Iran was building a permanent base within enclosure of I division of Syrian Army in Al Kiswa, located about 50 kilometres from Golan Heights.

Satellite image of alleged Iranian base in Syria.

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