Published: Tue, January 22, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

The IDF spokesman also said that the strikes exemplify the danger the Syrian regime is taking when it allows the Iranians to operate from its territory.

"We are operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression", Netanyahu said in a speech.

"We have a permanent policy: to strike a the Iranian entrenchment in Syria and hurt whoever tries to hurt us", Netanyahu said during a trip to Chad on Sunday.

In Tehran, airforce chief Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said Iran was "fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the earth", according to the Young Journalist Club, a website supervised by state television.

Monday's announcement went a step further, reporting the strikes in real time and detailing the targets.

The chain of events leading to the strikes began on Sunday. Israel did not say who it suspected of carrying out that rocket attack. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited the region this month, has vowed to expel "every last Iranian boot" from Syria.

A daring Israeli daylight airstrike led to Iranian forces in Syria firing a rocket at the Golan leading an Israeli minister to call this "open confrontation with Iran".

Speaking while opening a new Israeli airport in the southern part of the country, Netanyahu responded to the Iranian commander's statement, and said that Iranian positions in Syria came under "heavy attacks" by Israeli air force after Iranian troops fired missiles into Israel Sunday evening.

But Israel also risks an escalation with Syria and Iran, as well as possibly further angering Russian Federation at a time when the United States is seeking to withdraw its forces from Syria.

Syria's military said it destroyed most of the missiles before they could reach their targets, though a monitoring group said 11 people were killed.

If Iran has it its way, Syria will be covered with Iranian missile bases, as well as cross-border attack bases for future raids against Israel by pro-Iranian forces, like Hezbollah and Shi'ite militias.

Earlier, Syria said Israel had carried out missile strikes but its aerial defenses had thwarted them.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday's pre-dawn strikes lasted for almost an hour and were the most intense Israeli attacks since May.

The chain of events sparked concerns of an escalation after a monitor reported 11 fighters killed in the overnight Israeli strikes.

The prospect of construction work at the airport would be complicated by the fact that it is a regular target of Israeli air and rocket strikes aimed at Iranian logistics bases.

It said the missiles hit apparent Iranian and Hezbollah arms depots.

Earlier on the same day the Syrian news agency SANA said that Syria's air defense systems repelled an Israeli air attack in the south of the country.

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