In response to surface-to-surface missiles, Israeli fighter jets bomb Iranian targets in Syria
Israel bombed Iranian targets Sunday night in Syria in response to surface-to-surface missiles by Iranian forces from Syria toward Israel.
“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.
According to RIA news agency, four Syrian soldiers were killed and six wounded in the attack.
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.
One of the targets sat Damascus Airport is reported to be the “Glass House”, Iran Quds Force and Intel HQ in Syria.
“During the strike, dozens of Syrian surface-to-air missiles were launched, despite clear warnings to avoid such fire. In response, several of the Syrian Armed Forces’ aerial defense batteries were targeted,” the IDF said in a statement.
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 Iranian attack toward Israel’s territory is yet another clear proof of the intention behind Iran’s attempts at entrenchment in Syria and of the danger they pose to the State of Israel and to regional stability,” the IDF said. “The IDF will continue to operate with decisiveness and determination against Iran’s entrenchment in Syria.”
The IDF said the popular winter tourist site on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights would be shut for the day, citing security concerns. It added that otherwise, things remained “routine” along the frontier with Syria.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: “We have a defined policy: to harm Iranian entrenchment in Syria and to harm anyone who tries to harm us.”
As opposed to previous strikes, the IDF took responsibility for the strikes in real time, a clear change in policy. Until now, Israel has remained ambiguous about its actions in Syria, rarely admitting that it was behind mysterious overnight bombings there.
“The policy has changed,” Intelligence Minister Israel Katz revealed Monday morning in an interview with Army Radio.
“This is an open confrontation with Iran. When we need to step it up, we’ll step it up,” he said, adding that Israel was intensifying its attacks against the Iranians terror ambitions in Syria.