Israeli aircraft reportedly attack Iranian military base near Damascus

Syrian troops man a roadblock outside the capital Damascus

The extent of the damage is not clear yet, although the TV report spoke of "material losses" at the base.

Israel is yet to comment on the reports, although its military has repeatedly targeted Hizballah positions.

The Britain-based group, which monitors the war through a network of contacts in Syria, said the attack hit near al-Kiswa town south of the capital Damascus, causing loud explosions. The Israeli military has not confirmed the strike. The Shia militia has more than 100,000 short-and medium-range rockets, according to information from Israeli military intelligence.

The surface-to-surface missiles were aimed at "military targets" to the south-west of Damascus, although Syrian air defences managed to down some of the projectiles, SANA news agency claimed.

This isn't entirely unusual within Israel, as the military censors often compel the media not to report stories.

The source added that an Israeli fighter jet was flying at a low altitude over Lebanon's Baalbek region near Syria's border when the Syrian missiles were launched.

Some of the missiles, which fired at positions in the countryside of southern Damascus, were intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense while others struck targets.

The Syrian conflict began in March 2011 against the Assad government, but it morphed into a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.

On a visit to Damascus in October, Iran's military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace or territory.

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