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Syria Claims Israeli Jets Hit Military Base in Hama Province

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Israeli Air Force F-15 planes. Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen.

Syria state media said Thursday that Israeli jets flying over Lebanon hit military targets in the northwestern province of Hama, causing only material damage, in Israel‘s latest escalation of raids in the last few months.

Earlier, state media claimed Syrian army air defenses had thwarted an unidentified missile attack on a city in the Hama province.

The news flash on state television said missiles had hit the outskirts of Misyaf city. Israel has in the last two months stepped up its strikes on suspected Iranian targets inside Syria.

Asked about the missile attack, an Israeli military spokeswoman declined comment.

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Western intelligence sources said Israel had stepped up strikes in Syria at a time when world is distracted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran-backed militias have long been entrenched near Misyaf where they have bases, part of a growing presence across government-controlled Syria, they added.

Israel has acknowledged it has conducted many raids inside Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011 where it views Iranian presence as a strategic threat.

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