Israel strikes military post in Syria’s Hama province: State TV

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Syria has accused Israel of hitting military positions four times this month

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An Israeli air strike hit a military post in the city of Misyaf in Syria's Hama province, causing material damage, Syrian state television said on Sunday.

It was the fourth time this month that Syria has accused Israel of hitting a military position in the war-wracked country. An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment on the report.

"One of our military positions in Misyaf was the target of Israeli air aggression," Syria's official news agency SANA reported, quoting a military source.

The newsflash did not elaborate on what had been targeted. An intelligence source said a major military research centre for chemical arms production was located near the city.

Opposition sources reported an Iranian presence at the attacked site, saying that it was used to develop weapons and produce chemical weapons, Haaretz reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the air strike and said it targeted a "workshop supervised by Iranians where surface-to-surface missiles are made".

"Iranian forces and forces from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement are deployed in that sector," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The Lebanon-based Al Mayadeen channel said that the attack was carried out by Israeli jets firing missiles from Lebanese airspace, Haaretz said.

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