Syria: 7 Iranian troops killed, weapons depots destroyed in alleged Israeli airstrikes
Seven members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard were killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes on weapons depots near Aleppo International Airport Wednesday night, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najjar industrial zone and a number of enemy missiles were brought down,” a Syrian army statement said.
According to local sources, large ammunition depots and logistics hub that belonged to the Iranian-backed militias inside the industrial zone received direct hits.
Other strikes hit the vicinity of Nairab military airport on the outskirts of Aleppo in the second such strike on the installation used by Iranian troops in less than a year.
The blasts caused an electrical blackout in Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city and a major industrial hub.
Israel’s Acting Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz reacted to the alleged strikes Thursday morning, saying that, “as far as Iran knows, it’s Israel” who struck in Syria.
Military experts say Aleppo is one of the main areas where Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have a strong military presence supporting Hezbollah.
Earlier this month, Israel uncovered that Hezbollah is establishing a force near the Golan Heights to conduct terror attacks against Israel: “We hope today’s publication will cause them to think twice but Israel will strike this force if Hezbollah continues to build it”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has said Israel had carried out “hundreds” of attacks over the past few years of Syria’s war to curtail Iran and its ally Hezbollah.
Israel has said it was crucial to block growing Iranian military influence in Syria and has vowed it would push its troops out of the country.
Iran has threatened Israel it would respond if it continued attacking targets in Syria and repeatedly said its military presence in Syria is at the invitation of the Assad’s dictatorship and it has no immediate plans to withdraw.