CAIRO / AMMAN, July 19 (Reuters) – Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli attack on the Al-Safirah area in the southern Aleppo countryside on Monday, Syrian state media reported.
Syrian opposition forces said in a statement the attack targeted Iranian Revolutionary Guard bases and an arms factory in an area where Iranian military research and development activities were disrupted by the strikes. Israeli repetitions last year.
A Syrian army spokesman said the missiles were targeting several locations in the region, air defenses had shot down most of the missiles and the damage was being assessed.
An IDF spokesman said the IDF was not commenting on foreign reports, but Israeli officials said previous missile strikes from their country had slowed Iran’s entrenchment in Syria.
Western intelligence sources say the Israeli strikes on Syria are part of a US-endorsed shadow war and a policy of the past two years to undermine Iran’s military might without triggering a major surge hostilities.
Thousands of Iranian-backed militias had a growing presence across Syria last year after helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory once lost to insurgents.
Reporting by Nayera Abdallah and Suleiman al-Khalidi, Additional reporting by Ari Rabinovich in Jerusalem; Editing by Howard Goller
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