Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Israeli rockets strike near Syria's Aleppo

Israeli rockets strike near Syria's Aleppo

Syrian military positions near Aleppo airport have come under a missile strike, state media reports, blaming Israel for the attack.

Hours after hundreds of Syrian opposition and their relatives left the southern city of Daraa on Sunday under a deal, the Syrian regime accused its longtime enemy Israel of targeting its position in the war-ravaged country's north.

The SANA said the strikes late Sunday hit north of an air base in Aleppo province.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military, which very rarely confirms strikes on targets in Syria.

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

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It said that a suspected Israeli missile strike had targeted "positions held by Syria's regime and its allies at the Nayrab airport" and its surroundings.

On the eve of the Syrian government forces expanded their offensive in the province of Quneitra, a region adjacent to the Israeli-occupied Golan heights.

The Israeli Air Force has now targeted at least two Syrian government installations in the last two weeks, with the previous attack occurring at the T-4 Airbase in the Homs Governorate. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday told media outlet Ynet that he had no knowledge of the incident but said Israel's policy toward Iran in Syria had not changed.

"We will not allow Iranian entrenchment within Syria".

Iran supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad along with Lebanon's Hezbollah, and both have deployed forces in Syria.

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