PM Netanyahu: We are acting to prevent Iran from establishing itself in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will continue to attack Iranian weapons in Syria after the Russian military accused the Jewish state of ‘provocative acts’ in Syria.

Speaking at the 177th Pilots Course graduation ceremony at the Hatzerim Air Base in southern Israel, Netanyahu said that Israel will not abide an Iranian entrenchment in Syria.

“We are taking action against it aggressively and powerfully, including in these very days.”

Netanyahu said that President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw US troops from Syria “does not change our policy. We take action in Syria and anywhere else.”

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Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, commander of the air force, commented on the events in Syria:

“Our aircraft defended and attacked, the pilots demonstrated courage, and with exceptional cooperation with intelligence, we prevented the establishment of an Iranian military capability in the northern sector. This is not the end of the story and if necessary – we will act with the same determination on the ground and in the air”.

Israeli fighter jets struck Iranian and Hezbollah bases and weapons storages near Damascus, Syrian state media reported Tuesday night.

The Russian military on Wednesday said that an Israeli airstrike targeting Iranian and Hezbollah weapons storages near Damascus has endangered civilian flights.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that six Israeli F-16 jets launched the “provocative” raid at the moment when two civilian airliners were preparing to land in Damascus and Beirut, creating a “direct threat” to the aircraft.

On Tuesday morning, a Boeing 747 of Iranian airline Fars Air Qeshm, which is affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, took off from Tehran International Airport to Imam Khomeini International Airport.

At 5:30pm, the plane took off for Damascus International Airport where it landed shortly after 7:45 pm. The plane was apparently used to transport military equipment to the Syrian army and Hezbollah terror group. Apparently not anymore.