19:42 GMT +330 March 2017
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    Israeli Jet Strikes Syrian Army in West Damascus

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    An Israeli military plane carried out an airstrike on the Syrian government forces stationed in the western countryside of Damascus near the Lebanese border.

    According to a Syrian Army source, the attack targeted the Jard Nalhleh area of the Qalamoun Mountains. Information about casualties is being verified.

    A month ago, Israel bombed a military airport near Damacus. A Syrian official told Sputnik that it was done "to encourage and support terrorists". Damascus vowed repercussions.

    In early February, an Israeli helicopter reportedly fired at Syrian government forces' positions in the province of Quneitra in southern Syria, after a shell landed in the Golan Heights.

    The Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory, was seized by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1981, the Israeli parliament voted to annex two-thirds of the region. The United Nations has repeatedly stated that Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights is illegal, calling for it to be returned to Syria.

    Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, banned in a range of countries, including Russia.


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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, the Golan heights were won in war after Syria attacked Israel, but according to you, only Israel cannot win land against its enemies.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toHermes(Show commentHide comment)
      Hermes, perhaps you should seek the reasons for why Russia allows Israel these one off raids? Maybe that could tell you what is really going on in Syria?
    • Sam Handwichin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      terryjohnodgers, What a factual response m8. Well then you tell me why AA never seams to work when those Israeli Jets show up lol
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      israeli criminal zionists at work.
    • Gentle Eaglein reply tov76(Show commentHide comment)

      Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)

      16. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

      17. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

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      Marques rouges, this article is not about Crimea, it is about allowing a small nation, Israel, that has been constantly under attack by its Arab neighbors for over six decades to live in peace.

      Your claim for the slaughter of 'dozens of thousands of Palestinians' says more about your state of belief than in providing actual concrete evidence.

      In the West bank the population is 85% Palestinian who live off Israeli welfare and get free education and medical treatment. Maybe you should take that FACT on board before parroting propaganda that has no basis in fact?
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      Hermes, and you honestly believe that Putin would allow that if that was true?
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toSam Handwich(Show commentHide comment)
      Sam Handwich, because there is an agreement between the Russians and the Israelis that whenever Hezbollah looks to putting together an attack on Israel it gets attacked first - and note these first strikes are against a proclaimed terrorist organization that is fully funded from Iran and do not include an invasion force which the Russians would not allow.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply tol.(Show commentHide comment)
      l., I think it is you that is full of hate for something you have failed in understanding the real issues at play here.
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      Marques rougesin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      another Hasbara troll, not worth the time....
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toMarques rouges(Show commentHide comment)
      Marques rouges, your response shows to all who wish to read it that you cannot provide an alternate argument to when FACTs are simply stated. You can call me all the names you like, I couldn't care less.
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      Pantsir-S1 SPAAG job.
    • Gentle Eaglein reply tov76(Show commentHide comment)

      Romans 1:16 (KJV)

      16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
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      War crime, yet another. What would Israel do if Syria started a bombing campaign on her territory?
    • Tony Rossiniin reply toterryjohnodgers(Show commentHide comment)
      Post all your hasbara dribble on Jerusalem Post....your c'rap is not wanted here!
    • Jonathan Ferguson
      This is very bad publicity for Israel. The government should find out how is responsible for this and court martial the living proverbial out of them!!!
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, please point out the 'war crime'.
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      terryjohnodgersin reply toTony Rossini(Show commentHide comment)
      Tony Rossini, typical response from people like you who get spoon fed their 'history'. Maybe you could do a little research for the TRUTH instead of relying on your indoctrination that now passes for 'education'.
    • Hermesin reply toIntikam The Ruthless(Show commentHide comment)
      Intikam The Ruthless,
      I think they want these s400 etc. there to serve as a misile defence shield against nuclear vehicles that's why they aren't going to waste them on less strategic targets.
      That could be the reason why Israel is so desperate to provoke Russia to use them. Because they are actually a shield to defend the region from Israeli nuclear blackmail and possible nuclear attack and I guess they have figured that out by now in tel aviv.
      I think you can say that with this attack they again won a battle and again lost the war.
      I still think there has to be some kind of serious retaliation because you can not let them go on bombing you forever and behaviour like that might catch on. Other alllies may get the idea that bombing the Syrian army is a risk well worth taking.
    • Hermesin reply todanielmartin516(Show commentHide comment)
      I can understand the sentiment but blind revenge without any strategic purpose will probably backfire on you.
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