Syrian military targets were struck by missile attacks in Hama and Aleppo provinces late Sunday night. State media reported the attacks but it was a UK monitoring group that said dozens of pro-government fighters were killed in the missile strikes. Among the dead are Iranian personnel.
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It is unknown who is behind the devastating attacks but they follow just days after Western allies bombed Syrian military targets. US, UK, and France all bombed the Syrian government's alleged chemical weapons facilities in a joint operation earlier this month. Israel is also alleged to have targeted a Syrian airbase in Homs province with missile strikes. The target of Israel's strikes was an Iranian drone command center that contained an advanced Iranian air defense system.
Israel is focusing efforts on stopping its arch-enemy Iran from expanding its military presence in Syria. A Syrian military source reportedly told the official Sana news agency that the sites struck in Sunday's missile attack were "exposed… to a new aggression." The military source also said the strikes follow several defeats of terrorist organizations in the countryside of Damascus, the nation's capital.
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Sunday's attack is also said to have hit targets in the Salhab area west of Hama city and the area around Nairab military airport. The military airport is close to the city of Aleppo and the international airport there. According to SOHR, 26 pro-government fighters were killed in Sunday's missile strikes. The death toll is expected to rise with as many as 60 additional fighters being wounded. The source also said the nature of the targets indicates Israel is likely behind the attacks.
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Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Monday morning he is "not aware" of any Israeli missile strikes. "All the violence and instability in Syria is the result of Iran's attempts to establish a military presence there. Israel will not allow the opening of a northern front in Syria," Katz said.
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