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Israeli Rockets Strike Military Position Near Aleppo

Syria -- A military base near Aleppo in Syria which is used by Iranian organized Afghan fighters Called "Fatemiuon Division", undated.
BEIRUT, July 15 (Reuters)

Syrian state media said on Sunday that Israeli rockets had struck a Syrian military position near Nairab airport on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.

"The Zionist enemy...targets one of our military sites north of Nairab airport," the Syrian state news agency SANA said, quoting a military source.

It said the strikes were an attempt by Israel to support rebels in southern Syria, where Syrian government forces have been waging an offensive.

An Israeli military spokesman declined comment on the report.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the strikes killed nine people at a logistics site used by Iran's Revolutionary Guards near the airport.

State media said the strikes caused only "material damage".

There was no reaction to the strikes in Iranian media.

Israel, concerned that Iran's growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its security, has struck dozens of Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria over the course of the seven-year conflict.

Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supports a number of militias, including Lebanon's Hezbollah, fighting in support of his rule.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington Editing by Gareth Jones and Peter Cooney/Mark Heinrich)