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Israel jets hit regime army bastions in Qalamoun region

Local | 2017-02-22 01:12:20
Israel jets hit regime army bastions in Qalamoun region
An Israeli military plane carried out an airstrike on the Syrian regime forces stationed in the western countryside of Damascus near the Lebanese border.

According to a military source, the attack targeted the Jerd Nalhleh area of the Qalamoun Mountains. Information about casualties is being verified.

A month ago, Israel bombed a military airport near Damascus. A Syrian official told Sputnik that it was done "to encourage and support terrorists". Damascus vowed repercussions.

An old Israeli tank sits in a position in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria

In early February, an Israeli helicopter reportedly fired at Syrian government forces' positions in the province of Quneitra in southern Syria, after a shell landed in the Golan Heights.

The Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory, was seized by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1981, the Israeli parliament voted to annex two-thirds of the region. The United Nations has repeatedly stated that Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights is illegal, calling for it to be returned to Syria.

Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, banned in a range of countries, including Russia. (Source: Sputnik)
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