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Israeli Raids Kill at Least 11 near Damascus

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7Dnews London

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:30 GMT

Israeli air strikes and ground-to-ground missiles that hit near the Syrian capital overnight Monday January 21st killed at least 11 people, including two Syrians, a UK-based war monitor said, according to AFP.

The bombardment hit Iranian and Syrian targets around Damascus as well as near a military airport to the south of the capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

On January 20th, Israel's military said its air defence systems intercepted a rocket fired from Syria, after Damascus accused Israel of carrying out air raids. 

"A short while ago, a rocket was fired at the northern Golan Heights and was intercepted by the 'Iron Dome' aerial defence system," an Israeli military statement said. A military spokeswoman told AFP the rocket was fired from Syria.  

The head of the SOHR Rami Abdel Rahman, said that the Kisweh area south of Damascus was hit by Israeli attacks overnight. 

"Warehouses containing weapons for Syrian regime ally Hezbollah and Iranian fighters are located in that area," Abdel Rahman said. 

But the head of the Observatory, which is based in Britain and relies on a network of sources inside Syria, said it was not clear if these stores were hit in the strikes.  

Israel has pledged to stop its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria. Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes there against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese militia. 


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