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An F-16 fighter jet takes off from Ramat David air force base.

Israeli military forces struck the Jamarya military facilitary and research center northwest of Damascus late Monday night, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“Israeli planes targeted the Jamarya region near Damascus, including a scientific research center and warehouses where weapons and ammunition of the regime and its allies were stocked,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahmane told the AFP news agency.


Syrian regime forces claimed to have intercepted three of the six missiles fired at the positions, according to Syrian state television.

The report follows an alleged attack on an Iranian military base by Israeli air force fighter jets about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Syria’s border with Israel. Satellite imagery published earlier in the day on Monday showed the destruction at the al-Qiswa base south of Damascus where the air strike took place early Saturday.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned world leaders about Iran’s plan to establish a permanent military presence in Syria, and has underlined that “Israel will not let that happen.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.