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Israel launches missile strike at Syria while reported attack on Iran raises fears of full-blown war

Damascus: Israel has carried out a missile strike at an air defence unit in southern Syria, causing material damage, according to the state-run SANA news agency quoting the Syrian military on Friday. This came at a time when the world and particularly the Middle East is on edge as Iran fired air defence batteries at suspected Israeli drones early Friday amid growing fears of a wider conflict in the region.

The warplanes were seen around the time loud noises and drones were reported near a major Iranian air base and nuclear site in Isfahan, which is 1,500 km away from the targeted area in Syria. It is important to note that the current Iran-Israel conflict had risen after a suspected Israeli airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Syria killed 12 people, including seven Iranian military personnel.

While sources said that Israel had carried out the drone attack on Iran in a tit-for-tat response after Tehran launched a volley of missiles and drones on Saturday over the Syria strike, Iran has so far denied any external attack, claiming to have shot down several drones after activating its air defence system over several cities as explosions were heard in central Isfahan city.

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