Syria condemns alleged Israeli attack on military position in Syria

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DAMASCUS, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Thursday condemned the alleged recent Israeli missile attack on a military base in central Syria, accusing its archenemy Israel of protecting the terrorist groups in Syria.

In a statement, the ministry said the Israeli attacks have become "systematically repetitive," noting that it's no longer accepted that the UN Security Council hasn't taken any steps to put a halt to such aggressions.

Earlier on Thursday, Israel warplanes allegedly fired several missiles at a Syrian military base near the city of Masyaf in the central province of Hama, killing two soldiers and causing damage to the site.

The Syrian government maintained that Israel is attempting to lift the morales of the terrorist groups, while Israel's main concern is to prevent the powerful Hezbollah group from obtaining weapons from Syria.

Reports suggested that the targeted base is a factory manufacturing precision missiles for Hezbollah.

The Iranian-backed Shiite militia has become a nightmare for Israel, as it's the only power capable of threatening its interests.

The Israelis have made it clear in more than an occasion that they don't want to see an Iranian influence in Syria, given the fact that Iran has become Israel's number one enemy after the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 and obliterated the government of late President Saddam Hussein, which was also considered by Israel as a threat.

And Hezbollah, against all odds, has proven to be a powerful group, succeeding to recapture key Syrian areas in joint operations with the army.

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin warned Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday that Iranian attempts to create a Shiite foothold in Syria "will force Israel to react," his office said.

Also, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that Israel will "do everything" within its power to avoid an Iranian stronghold in Syria.

The warmongering tone doesn't affect Hezbollah's influence in Syria, with its leaders saying they are more strong and capable of dealing blows to Israel. Enditem

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