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Netanyahu: Israel will not allow Iran to establish military presence in Syria

Netanyahu: Israel will not allow Iran to establish military presence in Syria

Airstrikes by the IAF were also reported.

Over the past few years, the Israeli military has launched sporadic attacks against various targets on Syrian soil, in assaults slammed by Syria as attempts to boost the terror groups wreaking havoc on the country.

According to the reports, at least one missile hit the base situated near El-Kiswah, some 8 miles south of Damascus, while several others were intercepted by Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy explosions were heard in the area and electricity was cut off throughout Damascus.

There was no immediate official Israeli comment.

Israel has long warned that Iran is trying to establish a permanent presence in Syria.

Israel claims the strikes have been in self-defense. But the Prime Minister's Office saw fit to put out the short clip relating to Iranian presence in Syria on Saturday evening.

"We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the expressed goal of eradicating our state", Netanyahu said. This military facility has never been confirmed by anybody as actually belonging to Iran, but Israeli outlets played that narrative up as part of the "Iranian threat". The British broadcaster commissioned a series of satellite pictures that showed widespread construction at the site. The Islamic Republic aspires to count, like Russian Federation, with its own air and naval bases in Syria and to be able to exploit its uranium mines.