Report: Israel strikes Syrian army outposts near Damascus

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Israeli rockets struck Syrian army outposts near Damascus on Feb. 17, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Damascus Marked on MapAccording to the Observatory and a report by Reuters, the outposts south of Damascus were hit by three Israeli rockets.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said recently that Israel “is active from time to time in Syria,” adding the activities are intended “to prevent a military front against us, and also in order to prevent the transfer of lethal weapons from Syria to Lebanon.”

A Syrian military source denied the report, claiming that there were no Israeli armed strikes inside Syria on Feb. 17.

In January, Syrian opposition sources reported that Israel’s air force carried out airstrikes on Hizbullah targets in the mountainous Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon.

The last reported Israeli strike in Syria came in December 2015 and killed notorious terrorist Samir Kuntar, a one-time Hizbullah commander who was reportedly drafted by Iranian special forces to set up anti-Israel terror cells in southern Syria.