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Israel launches second airstrike on Syrian military facility near Damascus

Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units fire rifles at a drone operated by Islamic State militants in Raqqa Syria Israel launches second airstrike on Syrian military facility near Damascus
Orlondo Matamoros | Diciembre 06, 2017, 15:50

- Airstrikes targeted a scientific research centre.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported "violent explosions" shaking Damascus and its surrounding area caused by missiles fired by Israeli warplane and targeting places near Jamraya. According to Syrian and Russian news agencies, Israeli missiles were fired at the base at around 11:30 PM.

There was no comment from Israel, which rarely confirms the strikes it conducts inside Syria.

Syria's foreign ministry sent officials complaints to the UN on Tuesday, demanding action in response to what they claimed were joint Israeli-rebel attacks on military facilities near Damascus in recent days, the official SANA news agency reported. The latest site was also allegedly targeted by the Israeli army in January 2013, in order to prevent the transfer of advanced missiles to the Hizbullah terror group.

Iran is poised to consolidate its growing power in the Middle East as it tries to complete a strategic land bridge from the Arabian Gulf to the Mediterranean despite advances in Syria by the United States and its allies.

Following the strikes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he won't allow Iran to "entrench" in Syria.

In a BBC report that revealed the Iranian base's presence in November, satellite images showed the construction of some two dozen new structures in the area that are likely used for housing soldiers and vehicles.

Several Arab media reports last weekend suggested that the strike purportedly killed 12 Iranian military personnel.