Syrian army claims Israel struck targets near Damascus in overnight raids

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Syrian government escalates bombing campaign over last-remaining rebel strongholds

Israel attacked a military base outside of Damascus with airstrikes and ground missiles, the Syrian army said. Syrian air defence "intercepted the missiles and shot down one of the jets", it added.

The Syrian army said the attacks caused material damage.

However, the Syrian government and its allies have not abided by the deal and continue to target all areas included in the deal, apart from the south. "We will cut off Israel's arms of terror and restore security and stability on all Syrian lands".

"We have a long-standing policy to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons to Hez-bollah from Syrian territory", Netanyahu said. The Syrian president's bid to reclaim the city has been bloody, however.

Syria's army has broken the siege of an army base encircled by opposition forces on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, state television and a war monitor reported on Sunday.

Syrian government forces and their allies have been on the offensive since late October in Hama and Idlib provinces, capturing almost 100 villages from insurgent groups, including the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee.

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Shelling and air strikes on Ghouta, which government forces have besieged for four years, killed at least 20 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The troops aim to reach a rebel-held air base in Idlib province and secure the road linking the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest.

The government has escalated its attacks on Idlib, which is designated a de-escalation zone, following nearly two weeks of battles with al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Idlib and adjacent territory in northern Hama.

The Ajnad al-Qawqaz group includes hundreds of Caucasian fighters and is battling alongside the Fatah al-Sham Front, a former al-Qaeda affiliate, to repel a Syrian regime advance in the south-east of Idlib province.

Ten of the assault drones were directed toward the Hmeimim airbase in northwestern Syria, the NYT said.

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