Syrian army says Israeli strikes hit northern Aleppo city, damages materials only

 Syrian army says Israeli strikes hit northern Aleppo city, damages materials only

(Reuters) - The Syrian army on Wednesday intercepted several missiles that were fired by Israeli jets during raids on an industrial zone in the northern city of Aleppo with damage to materials only, state television said.

"The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najar industrial zone and a number of enemy missiles were brought down," an army statement said.

Military experts say Aleppo is one of the main areas where Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have a strong military presence where it supports local militias that have for years been fighting alongside the Syrian army to defeat insurgents.

Israel, which considers Iran as its biggest threat, has repeatedly attacked Iranian targets in Syria and those of allied militia, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel had carried out "hundreds" of attacks over the past few years of Syria’s war to curtail Iran and its ally Hezbollah.

With an election approaching, Israel’s government has increased its attacks in Syria and has also taken a tougher stance towards Hezbollah on the border with Lebanon.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by James Dalgleish and Grant McCool)

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Updated Date: Mar 28, 2019 05:06:12 IST