Israel Bombs Syrian 'Military Targets' near Damascus


Sources told Al Jazeera that the Israeli raid was aimed at government military sites and positions of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement and that the sound of large explosions caused by the raid was heard in Damascus and its surroundings.

Several missiles were reportedly fired toward a target in the countryside south of Damascus, with some intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense and others hitting their intended target.

The London-based watchdog said the fate of the crew members is still unknown, adding that the chopper crashed in the southwestern countryside of the capital Damascus.

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Syrian insurgents brought down an army helicopter in southwest Syria on Friday, near the borders with Israel and Lebanon, killing its two crew members, a war monitoring group said.

The Syrian army has repeatedly said the war on the terror groups will continue in Syria, particularly against the Nusra Front and Islamic State militants.

Other sources, however, claim the target was an Iranian military base in the Kiswah area, some 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the city of Damascus.

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Videos have emerged on social media purporting to show the moment one of the Israeli missiles was intercepted by Syrian Air Defense.

Earlier this month, the BBC reported that Iran is building a permanent military base in Syria, within a compound used by the Syrian military near Al-Kiswa.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously warned that Israel would in no way allow Iran to establish any military presence in Syria.

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