Israeli jets reportedly strike weapons depot outside Damascus

Source: Israeli jets reportedly strike weapons depot outside Damascus | The Times of Israel

No casualties as three separate airstrikes target area known to be a Hezbollah stronghold; Israel, Syria mum on alleged attack

September 22, 2017, 9:50 amIllustrative: Israeli F-35 fighter jets fly over Jerusalem during celebrations marking Israel's 69th Independence Day on May 2, 2017. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)

Illustrative: Israeli F-35 fighter jets fly over Jerusalem during celebrations marking Israel’s 69th Independence Day on May 2, 2017. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)

Israel has for years has been widely believed to have carried out airstrikes on advanced weapons systems in Syria — including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles — as well as Hezbollah positions, but it rarely confirms such operations on an individual basis.

Earlier this month, Israel allegedly struck a facility in northwestern Syria, where the regime was said to have stockpiled chemical weapons and missiles, killing two people.


A Syrian facility reportedly attacked by Israeli aircraft early on Thursday, September 7, 2017 (screen capture: Twitter)

Jerusalem fears that the Iranian presence in southern Syria, near the Golan Heights, would serve as a springboard for terrorist groups to attack Israel in the future.

On Tuesday, the Israeli Air Force shot down an Iranian-built drone launched by Hezbollah with a Patriot missile after it attempted to cross into Israeli airspace.

The military also scrambled fighter jets to the area, but ultimately did not need to use them as the interceptor missile was able to destroy the target.

Judah Ari Gross and AFP contributed to this report.

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