Israel Launches Air Strikes On Syrian Military Facility Near Damascus

Just days after Israel launched a combined air and surface-to-surface missile attack against what it claims is an Iranian military base south of Damascus, Israel has again attacked targets inside Syria, this time striking closer to the Syrian capital in the Jamraya area according to early reports. 

Jamraya is an area well-known for multiple government facilities, including a branch of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, which was the site of a major 2013 attack by Israel, but also has sprawling civilian residential areas. It lies on the other side of Mt. Qasioun, against which the Damascus city center is nestled. 


Screenshot of first footage to emerge of tonight's Israeli strikes outside of Damascus

“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,” state news agency SANA said, adding the attacks happened at 11:30 p.m. Monday. Beirut-based Al-Masdar confirmed that the strikes occurred during the evening (Middle East time):

At least two massive explosions ripped through the Syrian capital moments ago as battles for two rebel-held bastions in eastern Damascus continue.

 

While the reasons for the explosions are still unidentified, some local activists spoke of an Israeli airstrikes that hit Jamraya area (located 3 miles to the northwest of Damascus) where the facility of a very important government-run facility – namely the Scientific Research – is located.

Two witnesses told Reuters late on Monday three strong explosions were heard from the direction of Jamraya. While details are still unclear and unconfirmed, it appears that Israeli jets once again attacked while over Lebanese airspace in order to avoid Syria's sophisticated Russian supplied anti-air defense systems.

First footage of tonight's Israeli airstrikes near Damascus is below:

According to a follow-up report by Al-Masdar News, Syria intercepted some of the missiles, while others appear to have hit a military site in rural Damascus:

For the second time in 72 hours, the Israeli military has targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in rural Damascus. According to a military report, the Israeli forces fired at least seven missiles from Lebanon, scoring a direct hit with at least three of the missiles.

 

The remaining four missiles were intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense above the West Ghouta region of Damascus.

The tempo of Israeli attacks on Syria have intensified over the past months - this as mortar shells fired on Damascus have significantly increased in the last three weeks from the dwindling anti-Assad insurgent stronghold's around the capital. Israel has long sought to weaken and ultimately topple the Syrian government, which it sees as an extension of perceived Iranian hegemony, a years long endeavor which has further involved covert assistance to anti-Assad militants - many of them linked to al-Qaeda.

Though still rarely acknowledged in international reports, Israel has engaged in open acts of war in Syria since at least 2013, when it initially launched a massive missile attack against a Syrian defense technology facility in Jamraya outside of Damascus - the unconfirmed area of tonight's attack.

In 2016 Israel went so far as to target Damascus International Airport, killing a well-known Hezbollah commander. In total the head of Israel's air force has previously acknowledged nearly one hundred IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) attacks on convoys and sites inside Syria over the course of the past 5 years. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been more frequent and aggressive in his rhetoric toward both Syria and Iran of late. On Sunday, he told an annual gathering of American and Israeli leaders in Washington hosted by the Brookings Institution (the Saban Forum), “We will not allow a regime hell bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.”

Comments

DownWithYogaPants crazzziecanuck Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:06 Permalink

I used to be one who believed the old BS about Israel but the truth finally made it to me.  It appears the sole reason for Israel's existance is to provide a home base for the Jewish gangsters that run banking.  The rest of the jews living there are "the help". ( meaning as in maids and butlers ).I think we need to give them the diversity treatment they demand of all the rest of the nations of the world.  See:  Youtube: Anti Racist HitlerFYI:  I think the Mossad has compromising informtion on just about all the big guys in the US government.

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ParticularlySt… DownWithYogaPants Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:07 Permalink

As you can see, ZergHedge refuses to report on the situation: Yidsrael is trying to take out Trump, because he won't send ground troops, even upon their false flag, fake gas attacks, and are frustrated by the refusal of the Orthodox communities, who have been RIOTING, and have been hit with "skunk cannons," in recent weeks. And that the attack on Syria is unprovoked!

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HowdyDoody DownWithYogaPants Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:06 Permalink

The Israeli cops have arrested ~17 individuals on corruption charges. Netanyahu has been questioned and is a target. He is trying to force retrospective immunity for politicians through the Knesset. He is desperate for some event to save him. The usual thing is to start a war with the Ayrabs so he can say - "you can't convict me when I am fighting a war".  

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GUS100CORRINA HowdyDoody Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:11 Permalink

It looks like preparations for the PSALM 83 WAR are proceeding right on schedule.Isaiah 17:1-3 (KJV)1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

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Winston Churchill DownWithYogaPants Tue, 12/05/2017 - 01:26 Permalink

What is  has been for fifty years: the Litani delta and the headwaters of the river Jordan.They're getting very desperate, its an existential need, not a want.Anything, and I mean anything,to break Hezbollahs supply lines thru' Syria.They will use nukes in Syria if they feel they need to.Only thing worse than cutting off a jews moneyis cutting off his water.The increasing population of south Lebanon has been doing that for decades.Now the charade of Assad must go has failed,its all in the open now.The real target, long hiddenby deception, is revealed for any that care to look.Funny,it was an open secret 50+ years ago thatIsrael would have to fight for water by the turn of this century.

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Bilderberg Member Deathrips Mon, 12/04/2017 - 18:39 Permalink

Where was this prophesied??ISAIAH17 The special word about Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city. It will be destroyed and laid waste. 2 The cities of Aroer are left empty. They will be for the flocks to lie down in, and no one will make them afraid. 3 The strong city will be gone from Ephraim. Damascus will no longer rule. And those of Syria who are left alive will be like the shining-greatness of the sons of Israel,” says the Lord of All.

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PT BullyBearish Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:27 Permalink

Deuteronomy 23: 19-20 :" 19 You shall not charge interest on loans to another Israelite, interest on money, interest on provisions, interest on anything that is lent. 20 On loans to a foreigner you may charge interest, but on loans to another Israelite you may not charge interest, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings in the land that you are about to enter and possess."They told you how they were going to screw you 6000 years ago.  Okay, the printing press has only been around for a few centuries and some countries still ban the Bible.  But you have had plenty of time to read the game plan and get up to speed.  It is right there.  But you'd rather the Gentiles ignore it?It is one thing to whinge about your enemy.  But if they publish their plan and you refuse to read it or acknowledge it?  Ain't no cure for Stupid.

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PT chestergimli Tue, 12/05/2017 - 09:39 Permalink

If you had actually read the Bible then you would acknowledge that the Hebrews openly admitted when they fucked up and they did not fuck up once, they fucked up many, many times.  They'd start out obeying God and within one or two generations they'd be back to ignoring Him, practising witchcraft and all manner of wicked shit until God had enough, they got smashed, they repented and then the whole cycle started again.  1 and 2 Kings if I remember rightly but the rest of the OT too.  What were they lamenting about in Lamentations?  (I used to read it alot but haven't recently).Even Kings David and Solomon could not escape having their sins exposed in the Bible.  If history is indeed written by the victors then you would have to admit that the Bible was written by God.

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justa minute Branded Mon, 12/04/2017 - 20:10 Permalink

the talmud is not the Script, the Script said to them," your house is left to you desolate" you people who are commenting on the Script have obviously never read it and you take passages totally out of there context, so go ahead and bask in your ignorance, the Script calls it darkness, "men loved darkness rather than light"

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veritas semper… Conscious Reviver Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:27 Permalink

Former SDF spokesperson making devastating comments about the US crimes in Syria. Deals made in Raqqa to allow 3500 terrorists  escaped so they could fight the SAA in Deir Ezzor(this under Trump's command).He says there was not one shot fired at ISIS,all a show. Read here.Pure Evil.https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/former-sdf-spokesperson-reveals-us…

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PT shitshitshit Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:33 Permalink

Sorry to repeat myself so soon but:Deuteronomy 23: 19-20 : " 19 You shall not charge interest on loans to another Israelite, interest on money, interest on provisions, interest on anything that is lent. 20 On loans to a foreigner you may charge interest, but on loans to another Israelite you may not charge interest, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings in the land that you are about to enter and possess."It's been written there for everyone to see since the invention of the printing press.  They told you how they were going to screw you and then they went ahead and did it and yet still you refuse to listen.  And you wonder why they laugh at you???  You wonder why they think you are worth less than ...?I will not condone evil (neither will God, BTW).  But no-one can help Stupid.

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PT shining one Tue, 12/05/2017 - 09:48 Permalink

None as blind as those who look but will not see. - some old book that you wouldn't even believe if it told you the sky was blue.They told you how they would screw you, I have already pointed it out to you twice, and yet still you deny what is there for ALL TO SEE.There are those who listen to you and there are those who look for themselves ... at which point they are disappointed because now we have hyped it up they were expecting more but nevertheless they now know damn well that what I said was true and you are indeed in complete denial.  They don't even have to search through the whole book.  I gave them chapter and verse.  They can even read the before and after to see how much / whether I dragged something out of context.  You may continue to shut your eys, stick your fingers in your ears and yell "LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU" while others learn the truth.

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PT cherry picker Mon, 12/04/2017 - 19:40 Permalink

Check the OT.  The Israelites ran away from their God every chance they got.  Then they'd get fucked-up so they'd go running back to Him.  Like a spoilt brat naughty child running from their parents but continually running back home again every time they ran out of money / the police were chasing them / they upset the local thugs."Chosen people" never meant "good".  It meant "blessed if they kept their side of the bargain".  The "chosen ones" received the instructions, "Do not jump off the cliff."  If you never jump off the cliff then you are "blessed" by never hitting the rocks below.  If, however, you DO choose to jump off the cliff ...

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