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Syria reports new Israeli missile attack

The news followed Iran's Lebanese ally Hezbollah firing rockets at Israel earlier this month.
A picture taken on November 18, 2020, from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows the Israel-Syria border, on November 18, 2020.

Syria reported new Israeli missile strikes in the country late Tuesday night.

The missiles hit unspecified targets in the town of Hader in southern Syria near the border of the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, the official SANA news outlet said in a tweet. SANA did not immediately report any damage or casualties. Israel did not confirm its involvement.

Syria accuses Israel of carrying out regular airstrikes in its territory. The strikes have hit Syrian and Iranian military targets in Syria, though Israel rarely confirms this. Suspected Israeli airstrikes also hit western Syria in July.

The missile attacks are part of Israel’s wider conflict with Iran-backed groups in the Middle East. Iran’s ally Hezbollah fired rockets into Israel earlier this month, which prompted retaliatory Israeli strikes. Israel views Iran’s presence near its borders as a threat, given Iran’s support for Israel’s enemies and Iranian threats against Israel.