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Syria says Israel fired missiles at Damascus suburb

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Syrian state media claim the country’s air defenses responded to missiles fired from Israel into the suburb of the capital Damascus

BEIRUT – Syrian state media said the country’s air defenses responded to missiles fired from Israel at the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Saturday.

State television gave no further details of the missile attack. The Israeli attacks on Syria have mostly occurred overnight.

Saturday’s strikes came days after Syria accused Israel of carrying out an attack in the south of the country, without providing details.

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iranian-linked military targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel has admitted it was targeting militia bases allied with Iran, such as the powerful Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. It attacks the deliveries of weapons which would be intended for the group. Hezbollah is fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war.

Israel views Iran’s entrenchment on its northern border as a red line, and it has repeatedly struck Iran-linked installations and weapons convoys intended for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

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