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Syria Reports Another 'Israeli Air Attack' Targeting Sites Near Damascus


Syria said its air defenses on Saturday intercepted Israeli missiles targeted at sites in countryside around the capital Damascus and downed some of them.

Two soldiers were injured and some material losses occurred, the statement added, according to military sources quoted by state media. State TV had earlier reported that explosions were heard in the countryside outside Damascus.

This is the second air attack in five days that Syria has blamed on Israel.

Asked about the attack, an Israeli military spokesperson said: "We do not comment on reports in the foreign media."

Israel, alarmed by Iran's growing regional influence and military presence in Syria, has said previously that it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria to slow down Iranian entrenchment.

The Syrian Observatory monitoring group based in London reported on Friday that Iran's IRGC has started training militias in the use of military drones.

Iran has been deeply involved in the Syrian civil war since 2011 to support Bashar al-Assad. It has deployed tens of thousands of its own forces and Iraqi, Lebanese, Afghan and Pakistani militias.

Report by Reuters

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