Syrian state media says Israel artillery strikes Quneitra province


AMMAN (Reuters) – Israeli tank artillery hit a demolished hospital and an observation post in Syria’s southern Quneitra province near the border with Israel, Syrian state media said on Monday, adding there had been only material damage.

The two sites were hit by several tank artillery rounds, state media reported.

Asked about the reported Quneitra strikes, an Israeli military spokeswoman declined comment.

Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011.

A senior Israeli official said in September Israel had carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years

Iranian and Iran-backed groups including Lebanon’s Hezbollah have deployed into Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule during the war.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi , Additional reporting by Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Toby Chopra

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