Israel ‘wide-scale strikes’ hit Iranian, Syrian targets near Damascus
01 December 2019 | 5:21 pm
Israel has said it attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets near Damascus in retaliation to Syrian rockets fired towards Israel the day before. Syria's air defenses destroyed most of Israel's missiles.
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