Syrian media: Israel struck near Damascus for second time in days

Trump's Middle East Policy Sound Fury Drama — But Strategy

Trump's Middle East Policy Sound Fury Drama — But Strategy

"Our air defenses are confronting an Israeli missile attack on one of our sites in the Damascus suburbs, and three of the targets were downed", the state news agency SANA reported. Syrian media reported that three of the Israeli missiles were shot down by air defenses.

According to The WSJ, Netanyahu recently sent a letter to the Syrian leader, however it arrived before Saturday, when some media reported that a military site near Damascus underwent an attack, allegedly carried out by Israel that hasn't yet been confirmed.

War monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, from its sources, said planes believed to be Israeli had fired missiles into the Jamraya area.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Politico online journal, Dermer said international refusal to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was little more than a "farce" and warned against focusing on President Trump's policy vagaries on that topic at the expense of letting the Iranian issue fly under the proverbial radar. "We wanted to make sure he and the leadership in Iran understood that in a way that was crystal clear".

The scientific research center in Jamraya was established during the 1980s and is believed to be one of the most important research centers in the country.

Israel has long viewed Iran as its enemy number one.

The next day, Netanyahu stated in a video message posted on his Facebook page that Israel would not allow Iran to have military a presence in Syria or its own nuclear weapons.

Israel, along with Sunni Muslim states in the region, has viewed with mounting concern Iranian expansionism in the Middle East in Iraq, in Syria - with the backing of Russia - and through proxy groups, such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and the Houthis in Yemen.

There was no comment from Israel, which rarely confirms the strikes it conducts inside Syria. They were expected to discuss Iran's alleged construction of the military base at al-Kiswah. Another witness reported thick smoke rising over the area.

He assigned blame to the Obama administration without mentioning it by name.

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