12 Iranian soldiers among 21 troops killed in Israeli strikes on Syria in response to missile attack
At least 21 soldiers were killed in the extensive Israeli strikes on Syria overnight Sunday, in response to surface-to-surface missiles launched by Iranian forces from Syria toward Israel, a war watchdog reported on Tuesday.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll included 15 “foreign nationals”, of which at least 12 were members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Syrian state-run news outlets said that at least four Syrian soldiers were killed in the strikes.
“We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory,” The IDF said in a statement, adding that it struck targets belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite unit Quds Force.
Syrian military air defenses destroyed more than 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs during the Israeli air strikes. In response, the IDF targeted Syrian air defense units.
The targets struck by the IDF include munition storage sites, an Iranian intelligence site, an Iranian military training camp, a military site located in the Damascus International Airport and weapons warehouses in other locations.
Earlier on Sunday, the IDF activated the Iron Dome anti-air missile battery against at least two missiles incoming from Syria towards the Mount Hermon area in northern Israel. No damage or injuries reported in Israel.
The head of Iran’s air force has threatened his country is ‘impatient’ to fight Israel and ‘eliminate it from the Earth’ – following the Israeli retaliation.
“Last night the air force strongly attacked Iranian targets in Syria after Iran launched a missile from there at our territory. We will not ignore such acts of aggression as Iran attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and given explicit statements by Iran that it intends to destroy Israel, as the commander of the Iranian air force has just said.
We are acting against Iran and against the Syrian forces that abet the Iranian aggression.
Whoever tries to hurt us – we hurt them. Whoever threatens to destroy us will bear the full responsibility”, PM Netanyahu said at the dedication of the Ramon Airport.