Explosion at Quneitra at the Syrian side of the Israeli Syrian border, as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel July 22, 2018. Photo: Reuters
Damascus, July 24 (RHC)-- The Israeli army has carried out an attack on a Syrian military site near Masyaf. A military source said in a statement to Syria's state agency SANA that a military site in Masyaf in Hama countryside was targeted by an Israeli aerial aggression, causing only material damage.
Sources said the attack is an attempt to cover up the collapse of "terrorist organizations in Daraa and Quneitra provinces, as the Syrian Arab Army advances to end the presence of terrorism in the southern region." Syria and its allies accuse Israel of supporting terror groups in an attempt to oust the government of Bashar Assad.
The news comes as Moscow sent envoys for what it called "urgent" talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu planned to meet Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, and its armed forces chief, General Valery Gerasimov, later in the day.
The attack comes less than a day after Jordan said 800 people including members of Syria's controversial "White Helmets" opposition group had been evacuated Sunday from southwest Syria with the help of Israel forces.
Officially called the Syrian Civil Defense but known by their distinctive white helmets, the group has been accused of being an arm of Western efforts to oust the government of President Bashar Assad as it receives millions of dollars in aid from the U.S., Canada and several European countries, while also being infiltrated by extremist and terrorist groups funded by foreign nations in as part of the regime change effort in Syria.
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