Syrian air defenses respond to an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus earlier in the week
Syrian air defenses respond to an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus earlier in the week
 Syrian air defenses respond to an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus earlier in the week

Israeli helicopters strike targets southern Syria - Syrian media

Israel was stepping up its raids on pro-Iranian targets in Syria at a time when world attention and the region, including Syria, was distracted with tackling coronavirus, a regional intelligence source said; Israel regards Iran as its biggest threat

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Updated: 05.01.20 , 09:51
Israeli helicopters fired several rockets from the Golan Heights on targets inside southern Syria, Syrian state media reported on Friday, the latest in what intelligence sources say is an increase of strikes against Iranian-backed militias.

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  • Opposition sources in the area said several militia posts near Quneitra were targeted in the attack, which reports said caused only material damage.

     Syrian air defenses respond to an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus earlier in the week Syrian air defenses respond to an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus earlier in the week
    Syrian air defenses respond to an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus earlier in the week
    There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army.
    Bases and convoys run by Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia, which has a strong presence in the Syrian Golan Heights, have been hit by Israel in recent years.
    Israel was stepping up its raids in Syria at a time when world attention and the region, including Syria, was distracted with tackling coronavirus, a regional intelligence source said.
    Two weeks ago, an Israeli drone attack targeted a car carrying forces from Hezbollah in southern Syria along the border with Lebanon without causing casualties.
    ניסיון חיסול בסוריהניסיון חיסול בסוריה
    Aftermath of an alleged Israeli drone attack on Hezbollah targets in Syria in April
    A few days later, Israel struck central Syria near the ancient city of Palmyra, in what regional intelligence sources said were Iranian-backed outposts and a command center.
    Israel has acknowledged in recent years it had conducted many raids inside Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011.
    After Syria announced last Monday it had intercepted airstrikes by Israel near the capital Damascus, Israeli defense minister Naftali Bennett told Israeli media that Israel would step up its campaign against Iran in Syria.
    Bennett appeared to confirm Israel was behind that airstrike on what Western intelligence sources said were Iranian bases.
    תוצאות תקיפה ישראלית ב סוריה דמשק נמל תעופה אל-מאזה תקיפות צילום לווייןתוצאות תקיפה ישראלית ב סוריה דמשק נמל תעופה אל-מאזה תקיפות צילום לוויין
    Satellite images before and after an alleged Israeli attack on the Mezzeh Military Airport near Damascus
    (Photo: ImageSat International (ISI))
    “We have moved from blocking Iran’s entrenchment in Syria to forcing it out of there, and we will not stop,” Bennett said in a statement.
    “We will not allow more strategic threats to grow just across our borders without taking action, We will continue to take the fight to the enemy’s territory,” Bennett said.
    The Syrian army later said Monday’s strike killed three Syrian civilians and injured several others from shrapnel that hit their homes. Israel says Iran’s military presence in Syria, where its militias are fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s forces, is a strategic threat and claims Tehran seeks a permanent presence along its northern borders.
    The threat of direct confrontation between arch-enemies Israel and Iran has long simmered in Syria, with Israel regarding Iran as its biggest threat.
    Assad has said Iranian forces are welcome to stay in Syria after years of military victories in which Iran and Russian have played a key role in bringing back most of the country under his control.

    First published: 07:50 , 05.01.20
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