Israeli rockets strike Syrian military position in Aleppo

Nellie Chapman
July 19, 2018

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said the base was being used by the Syrian regime's arch-ally Iran.

The report said the Syrian air defenses confronted the Israeli attack in the Qurs al-Nafl area in Quneitra.

"The Zionist enemy. targets one of our military sites north of Nairab airport, causing only material damage", said SANA, quoting a military source.

Earlier Monday, the country's official news agency SANA reported there was only damage to the site, identified as the Al-Nayrab airbase, adjacent to Aleppo's worldwide airport.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would attack Iran's "proxies" wherever they are in Syria.

Earlier, Syrian media reported the missile strike near the airport of Aleppo.

At least nine pro-Syrian government fighters died in an alleged Israeli rocket strike overnight in northern Syria, a monitor said on Monday.

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State news agency SANA, citing a military source, said the missile hit near a strategic air base.

Aleppo, in the far north of the country, is rarely targeted.

The strikes come only days after Israel said it has targeted three Syrian military positions in response to an unmanned drone that entered its airspace from Syria.

While Israeli engagement in Syria intensified over the last months, the strikes focused mainly on positions around the Israeli controlled Golan Heights and the suburbs of Damascus.

Tehran has dispatched military forces to bolster Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's efforts to crush a seven-year uprising against his rule.

However, he stressed that Israel's policy toward Iranian forces in Syria hasn't changed.

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