IDF Carries Out Extensive Strike in Syria

July 21, 2020 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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The IDF has carried out an extensive strike against targets in Syria on Monday night, injuring troops and causing damage, Syrian and Arab media reported.

Syria’s official SANA news agency reported that the Syrian Army’s Air defences “confronted Israeli missile aggression in the airspace of Sothern Damascus, shooting down the majority of the missiles.”

The attack injured seven soldiers and caused material damages, SANA reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted its sources in the country which reported that several Israeli missiles hit the area south and south-west of the capital Damascus, and the regime’s air defences were unable to intercept them, despite an attempt to intercept them from three directions in Izr’a Suwayda and Al-Quneitra in southern Syria.

The airstrikes hit regime forces and Iranian militias’ positions near the capital Damascus, SOHR reported.

The report added that five members of Iranian-backed militias were killed in the attack.

Arabic sources report that the Damascus International Airport was hit in the strike.

The Iranian Quds Force has weapons depots at the site, and a cargo plane flying in from Iran landed Sunday morning at the airport, possibly bringing reinforcements for the Iranian militias entrenched in the country.

The airspace over the Golan Heights has been shut down for Israeli air traffic until the beginning of next month.

As in most previous incidents, Israel has remained silent on the reports.

The last strike in Syria attributed to Israel occurred three weeks ago in which at least two Syrian soldiers and five Iranian-backed militiamen were killed and several others were wounded in attacks on Iranian targets.

In general, Iran’s military build-up in Syria remains a red line for Israel. The Israeli Air Force has carried out thousands of attacks to thwart the Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country.

Israeli leaders have repeatedly declared that they will not tolerate an Iranian threat on its northern border with Syria and will take all necessary measures to ensure that such a menace does not emerge.

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