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Syria says Israeli military fired missiles on areas south of Damascus

It was not clear what the targets were but state TV said the strikes were carried by warplanes flying in the Golan Heights

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In this photo taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, smoke billows from targets inside Syria during bombardment by Turkish forces (Photo: AP/PTI)
Tensions have also risen along the Israel-Lebanon border.

A Syrian military official said Israel's military fired missiles Monday night on areas south of the capital

The unnamed military official gave no further details adding that Syrian air defenses opened fire on hostile targets. It was not clear what the targets were but state TV said the strikes were carried by warplanes flying Syria's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The air raids started shortly before 11 p.m. (2000 GMT).

Residents of the capital said they heard explosions south of the city. An opposition war monitor said Israel's military targeted military posts south of The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian air defenses were responding to the attack.

rarely comments on such reports, but is believed to have carried out scores of raids targeting Iran's military presence in In the past three months alone, has accused of carrying out at least eight air raids on its territory. The last reported strikes came on July 20.

Iran is a key ally of the Syrian government in the nearly decade-long civil war. views Iran as a regional menace and has vowed to prevent any permanent Iranian military buildup in Syria, particularly near the frontier.

In recent months, Israeli officials have also expressed concern that Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Lebanese militant group that operates in Syria, is trying to establish facilities to produce precision-guided missiles. Tensions have also risen along the Israel-Lebanon border.

During last month's strikes on Syria, a Hezbollah member was killed and the Lebanese militant group vowed to retaliate against Israel. On Sunday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to kill Israeli soldiers whenever they kill Hezbobllah fighters in

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First Published: Tue, September 01 2020. 06:42 IST
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