Israel strikes Syrian military facilities

Israel launches fresh missile attack on Syrian military base

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In a similar strike on Saturday, Israel reportedly attacked another military position near Damascus.

Israel has acknowledged carrying out repeated air and missile strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the bloody civil war six years ago to stop arms deliveries to Hezbollah, with which it fought a devastating 2006 conflict.

Israeli officials have repeatedly said that Tel Aviv would not allow Iran to turn Syria into its military foothold.

The Syrian government's delegation to Geneva is still undecided on whether it will return to the eighth round of peace talks with the opposition in the Swiss city, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday.

The office of United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is mediating the talks, made no announcements Monday on the planned return to negotiations. He said, however, that the decision to return to peace talks this week was ultimately for Damascus to make.

"For the time being there has been no final decision". De Mistura had said the negotiations would resume on Tuesday. A spokesman for the opposition delegation, Yahia al-Aridi, said meanwhile that his side's chief Nasr al-Hariri would be back in Geneva on Monday evening.

"I don't think that those who support the regime are happy with such a position being taken by the regime".

"We understand the Russian position now".

Despite being designated as a so-called de-escalation zone, jet fighters flown by the Syrian government and its Russian allies continue to bomb the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.

On Sunday, about 30 people were killed by the air raids.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the worldwide community. It said the attack occurred around midnight yesterday.

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