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The situation in Syria seems on the verge of exploding, following a series of escalations over the past two days, though many of the reports remain unconfirmed.

Al Mayadeen media network, based in Lebanon, reported an attack on a building and a hospital near al-Bukamal, in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, close to the Iraq border. Seven people were reportedly killed. This strike, the responsibility for which is still not confirmed, followed an attack on the U.S. base in the Conoco oil field as reported by the official Syrian news agency SANA yesterday. “In response to the crimes committed by the enemy against Palestinian people in Gaza, the Iraqi fighters targeted the American occupation base in Conoco oil field with missile barrage,” the Iraqi Resistance said in a statement.

The Israeli military meanwhile, said that it carried out strikes in Syria after two rockets fired from the Golan Heights landed in Israel. The IDF confirmed to AFP that the projectiles fired from Syria were rockets, but did not say the precise location where they fell. This morning’s IDF attack followed an Israeli strike on Thursday night, Dec. 28, that hit the Damascus airport. “Around 11:05 p.m. Thursday, the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting some points in the southern region,” a military source said in a statement, SANA reported. The source added that the air defense forces confronted the Israeli missiles and shot down most of them, and the losses were limited to materials.

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