Death toll from Israeli retaliatory strikes in Syria rises to 23, including 16 Iranians
BREAKING: The death toll from Israeli retaliatory strikes in Syria has been raised to 23, including 16 Iranian “foreign fighters”, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights report.
Israel bombed dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday in response to rocket fire on the Golan Heights the day before.
Israeli military correspondents said that the Israeli strikes in Syria last night were a clear message to Iran that Israel is not Saudi Arabia, and will respond heavily to any direct or indirect attack on Israeli territory.
IDF spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay Adraee said Israeli fighter jets had hit multiple targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force – the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group – and the Assad army, including surface-to-air missiles, weapons warehouses and military bases.
“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.
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.