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Netanyahu confirms weekend strike by Israel on Iran target in Syria

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said Sunday that had at the weekend carried out an air strike on Iranian weapons in Syria, a rare public confirmation of such attacks.

"Just in the last 36 hours the attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus international airport," said at the start of a cabinet meeting, according to his office.

"The accumulation of recent attacks shows that we're more determined than ever to act against in Syria, just as we promised."

Late Friday Syrian air defences shot down Israeli missiles, Syria's official agency reported that day quoting a military source.

"Only a ministry of transport warehouse at was hit," cited the military source as saying at the time.

On Sunday said that had attacked Iranian and Hezbollah targets in hundreds of times.

has pledged to prevent its main enemy from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where it is backing Bashar al-Assad's regime alongside and Hezbollah.

It rarely publicly confirms such strikes, though outgoing military Gadi has spoken of them in interviews in recent days.

told that "we struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit." Netanyahu is also facing April 9 elections in Israel and has been seeking to burnish his security credentials.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 16:05 IST