Israel strikes Syria based on Fake story by BBC

Illustrative Smoke rises in a field on the Golan Heights after two mortars fired from war-torn Syria struck the northern sector of the mountain plateau

The spokesperson for the Israeli military declined to comment on reports of the attack.

Media outlets outside of Israel reporting on the incident make no mention of a "Iranian base," saying that what was targeted was an Army ammunition depot.

Israeli missiles attacked a military position near Damascus overnight and Syria's air defense system thwarted them, Syrian state television said on Saturday.

Israel has also struck several Syrian military facilities since the conflict began, mostly near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Israel has vowed to combat Iranian influence in Syria to defend its own interests in the region.

"The air defences of the Syrian army were able to deal with the attack... destroying two of the missiles", it said, adding that the attack nonetheless caused "material damage".

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The Israeli military has not confirmed it carried out the attack.

Furthermore, the very title of the November piece - "Iran building permanent military base in Syria - claim" - underscores the complete lack of evidence for such a claim, which the BBC notes in the article is "impossible to independently verify". "Arms convoys in particular have been singled out by the Israeli air force".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence near its borders.

Hizballah fought a war with Israel in 2006.

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