Israel strikes arms depots with jets and ground-to-ground missiles in Damascus suburbs
Syria’s army said in a statement carried by state media that Israel attacked Syrian territory with jets and ground-to-ground missiles early on Tuesday, causing damage.
The army said its air defenses had hit an Israeli aircraft and had intercepted some rockets fired from Israeli territory.
The target of the attack was arms depots, according to rebel and opposition reports.
On Tuesday afternoon Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a lunch with NATO member state ambassadors to Israel, chaired by Greek Ambassador to Israel Bikas Konstantinos.
“We have a longstanding policy to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah from Syrian territory. This policy has not changed. We back it up as necessary with action,” Netanyahu said.
In early December, regime-affiliated media in Syria reported that the Israeli Air Force attacked a ‘military scientific research’ plant in charge of chemical and biological research in the Jamraya area on the outskirts of Damascus.
According to Al Mayadeen, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, Israel fired six missiles, with three of them intercepted by Syria’s aerial defense systems.
Several days earlier, Arab media reported Israel had attacked an Iranian military base in the al-Kiswah area, 15 kilometers southwest of Syrian capital Damascus.
In December, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s policy that it would not allow Iranian military entrenchment in Syria.
“We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria as it seeks to do for the expressed purpose of eradicating our state,” Netanyahu said in English in the pre-taped speech