IDF: Israeli fighter jets bombed tens of Iranian terror targets in Syria
BREAKING: Israeli fighter jets bombed Iranian terror targets near Damascus.
Syrian state media confirmed that air defenses were activated as Israel began striking Iranian and Assad targets in Syria.
Several explosions were heard near Damascus.
According to local reports, six Israeli fighter jets dropped at least 18 bombs on Iranian targets in two rounds.
In a rare admission, the IDF confirmed Israel struck tens of terror targets in Syria belonging to the Iranian Quds Force as well as Syrian army infrastructure.
“The attack was carried out in response to the launching of rockets by an Iranian force from Syria’s territory into Israel, intending to strike Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a statement.
“We are prepared to operate as necessary to defend Israel and the region, against Iranian entrenchment”, the IDF added.
The targets include surface-to-air missiles, weapon warehouses and military bases.
Israel has launched hundreds of attacks in Syria, mostly against Iranian targets, but rarely confirms specific strikes.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the attack: “I made it clear that whoever harms us – we will harm. This is what we did tonight against military targets of Iran’s Quds force and Syrian military targets in Syria, after rockets were fired at Israel last night.”
Yesterday, four rockets fired from Syria towards northern Israel were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.
According to Arab reports, the sirens followed Israeli strikes on Iranian targets near Damascus Airport.
Israeli military correspondents said that Israel was not responsible for the bombing in Damascus and that the Iranian rocket attack towards the Golan was in response to a “secret event” that occurred during the last 36 hours, which Israel, Iran and Syria are all aware of.
Following the attack, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett convened a high-level military consultation with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other officers.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 7 out of 11 killed were “foreign nationals” and are believed to be Iranians.
“We cannot confirm whether the seven foreigners killed are all Iranians or pro-Iranian fighters of different nationalities,” the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
Sources across the political spectrum in Syria acknowledge that Israel essentially wiped out Syrian air defense capabilities in a matter of minutes during the retaliatory strikes.
“Since the internet is blocked by the Iranian regime, most Iranians will likely not know the fate of Quds Force infrastructure in Syria, and how the regime wastes Iranian money on foreign aggression”, IDF spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus tweeted.