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

Sources told Al Jazeera that the Israeli raid was aimed at government military sites and positions of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement and that the sound of large explosions caused by the raid was heard in Damascus and its surroundings. The incident reportedly occurred Friday night, with IDF planes attacking the Iranian base at al-Kiswah, south of Damascus.

Israel had no comment on the report, but Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had recorded a statement last week that was presented at the Saban Forum, taking place in Washington this weekend, that Israel "will not allow Iran to base itself in Syria and threaten Israel". The British broadcaster commissioned a series of satellite pictures that showed widespread construction at the site. "Arms convoys in particular have been singled out by the Israeli air force".

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Video from the scene Saturday showed law enforcement forces carrying sticks and firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters. The government also shut down Facebook , Twitter , and YouTube in Islamabad and Rawalpindi to block coverage of the operation.

Israel acknowledged it carried out numerous aerial operations in the war-torn country to prevent shipments of Iranian missiles from reaching the Hezbollah militant group, a sworn enemy of the Jewish State.

So it appears the BBC is playing war propagandist for Israel, instead of including any level of critical inquiry regarding Israel's unprovoked act of aggression against its neighbor. Israel has not confirmed that attack either.


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