- The Israeli army reported that it had hit military posts in Syria of the Iranian Quds Force and the forces affiliated with the Syrian president.
- On Wednesday, Israel deployed a number of Iron Dome missile defense system batteries in the northern region.
- Israel has repeatedly said it is determined to curb the growth of Iran’s military strength in Syria.
At least 3 soldiers died and another was wounded following an air attack by Israel against positions in Syria belonging to the Syrian army forces and the Iranian Quds Force on Tuesday night. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the death toll includes about 10 dead, including three Syrians and other soldiers of foreign origin, presumably Iranian.
For its part, the Israeli army reported that it had hit military posts in Syria of the Iranian Quds Force and the forces affiliated with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad,
In particular, they hit warehouses, headquarters, missile batteries and military compounds. For Israel, it was a retaliation that came in response to the discovery of explosive devices on the northern border.
On Tuesday, the Israeli army reported finding improvised explosive devices on its border in the Golan Heights, aimed at targeting Israeli soldiers. The IDF called this “further clear evidence of the strong Iranian presence.”
In this regard, the Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, visiting the region, said that Israel will not tolerate the presence of explosive devices in the Golan territories, and what happened on November 17 represents a “serious accident,” which is not possible to ignore.
In this context, according to Gantz, it is the government of Damascus that is held responsible for all the actions perpetrated by its territories, and Israel is determined to respond in the most appropriate way to the attempts of “Iranian entrenchment in Syria,” deemed a threat to the entire region.
Subsequently, on Wednesday, Israel deployed a number of Iron Dome missile defense system batteries in the northern region, in anticipation of any attacks launched on Israeli territories. Since 2011, Israel has conducted hundreds of air strikes in Syria, targeting its main enemies in the Middle East region.
These include Iran, Palestinian groups, and the Lebanese paramilitary organization Hezbollah, which are considered a danger.
Both Iran and Hezbollah support the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in the civil war in Syria, which broke out on March 15, 2011 and is still ongoing.
Israel has repeatedly said it is determined to curb the growth of Iran’s military strength in Syria, against which it would be entitled to continue fighting as a form of self-defense.
In this context, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declared more than once, most recently on September 29, that his country “does not rule out a pre-emptive attack on Iran” to prevent its settlement near the northern borders of the country.
Tehran, according to Israel, is trying to create its own permanent military base. The Israeli airstrikes also represent an attempt to target the weapons depots belonging to Hezbollah. The latter is mainly concentrated in Sayyidah Zaynab and Mezzeh, south of Damascus.
The group receives support from Iran, which, in turn, uses the Syrian capital’s airport to send weapons and ammunition.