IAF bombs targets in Syria, four soldiers killed – report

April 27, 2022 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The Israeli Air Force (AIF) carried out an airstrike in the vicinity of Damascus on Monday night, during which four Syrian soldiers were killed, Syria’s state media reported.

SANA news quoted a military source who said that the attack came from the direction of Tiberias and included several missile attacks.

Four soldiers were killed and three others were injured in the attack, which also caused some material damage, the report said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted its activists who reported hearing over 12 explosions during the attack amid attempts by the Syrian air defence

An Israeli Air Force Jet. Credit: Maj. Ofer via Wikimedia Commons

to block the Israeli missiles.

The explosions were heard in several areas in Rif Dimashq and missiles hit the vicinity of Damascus International Airport, the vicinity of Jamrayah, Qodsiyah and Jadida Artoz.

The Saudi channel Al-Hadath reported that Israel’s attack targeted arms shipments that were supposed to reach Hezbollah.

The IDF has remained silent on the report, as it usually does after reported operations in Syria.

This is the ninth IAF strike in Syria since the beginning of 2022, according to the SOHR’s count, which resulted in the destruction of multiple targets, including buildings, weapons and ammunition depots, and headquarters.

Iran routinely attempts to arm the Lebanon-based Hezbollah with advanced weapons. Israel has exposed and thwarted multiple attempts by Iran to transfer game-changing weapons to Hezbollah, including by air shipments from Iran, through Damascus Airport.

Over the years, the IAF has carried out thousands of attacks to thwart the Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country and to prevent Hezbollah from accumulating advanced game-changing weapons.

According to the SOHR, the IAF conducted 29 strikes in Syria throughout 2021. The attacks hit 71 targets and killed 130 people, including 125 combatants from the Syrian military, Hezbollah and Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

The Damascus area was the most attacked area in 2021, with 12 attacks out of the 29. The Damascus airport, which serves as an entry point for weapons coming from Iran on their way to Hezbollah in Lebanon, was one of the main targets.

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