Tel Aviv Believes That Best Present Is War. Israeli Warplanes Pound Damascus Countryside (Photos, Video)

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Early on December 30, an Israeli strike targeted an air-defense site of the Syrian Air Defense Force in the northwestern outskirts of the capital Damascus.

The targeted air-defense site is located on the Habil mountain, near Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley. A statement by the Ministry of Defense of Syria said several missiles launched from Israel’s Upper Galilee struck the site.

“At exactly 1:30 a.m. today, the Israeli enemy carried out an air assault with bursts of rockets [launched] from Upper Galilee, targeting a unit of our air defense in the Habil mountain in the Damascus countryside,” the statement reads. “Our air defense means intercepted some of the aggression’s missiles, which resulted in the fall of a martyr, the wounding of three soldiers, and material losses.”

A Syrian military source told Newsweek journalist Tom O’Conner that the targeted unit was monitoring Israeli planes flying over the Bekaa valley.

Less than a week ago, the Israeli Air Force carried out a series of pinpoint airstrikes on a military research facility in the central Syrian governorate of Hama.

These strikes are a f Israel’s “War-Between-Wars” campaign, which started in the mid-2000s and ramped up after the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011. The campaign is meant to push Iran and its allies out from Syria as well as to prevent them from developing offensive capabilities.

During the past years, Israeli strikes led to serious human and material losses on Syria. Nevertheless, they are yet to achieve their main objectives.


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