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Syria says Israeli drone fired four missiles in Quneitra province

Army says missiles fired near a demolished hospital and an army observation post caused only material damage
Asked about the reported Quneitra strikes, an Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment (File pic/AFP)

An Israeli drone has fired four missiles near a demolished hospital and an army observation post in Syria's southern Quneitra province near the border with Israel, but there had been only material damage, the Syrian army has said.

An army source was quoted by state news agency SANA as saying that the "Israeli enemy" on Monday also hit several sites along border villages close to a 1974 demilitarized zone on the Golan frontier, which with Russian support, the Syrian army regained control from rebels last year.

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Asked about the reported Quneitra strikes, an Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.

State media earlier said the sites in Quneitra that were hit by Israel came from several tank artillery rounds.

Residents familiar with the area said that the sites targeted fall within the strategic area known as the "Triangle of Death" connecting the southern Damascus countryside with Deraa and Quneitra provinces.

The area is a bastion of Iranian-backed militias led by Lebanon's Hezbollah group, the Reuters news agency reported.

The Israeli missile strike coincides with Tehran celebrating the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Shah and the Islamic revolution.

Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011.

In January, Israeli warplanes carried out a strike on what they called an Iranian arms cache in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel will ramp up its fight against Iranian-aligned forces in Syria following the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.

With an election looming in April, Israel has been increasingly open about carrying out air strikes in Syria.