Israel launches series of retaliatory airstrikes at Iranian interests in Syria
01:57, Jan 24, 2019
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In an official statement, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit confirmed the strikes, and said the targets included munition storage sites, an area of Damascus International Airport, an Iranian intelligence site and an Iranian military training camp. The latest strike came on 21 January with Syrian Air Defences reportedly intercepting some 30 missiles.
According to the report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, six of those killed in the attack were Syrian soldiers and militiamen and the rest were "foreigners".
Sending a message: In addition to its forceful response, the Israeli military set aside its traditional policy of deliberate vagueness and publicly claimed responsibility for the strike.
The recent Israeli missile strike on Syria has sparked many debates in Russian media due to widespread criticism of the ineffectiveness of Russian-manufactured air defences, which are now deployed in Syria.
The Israeli raids caused one of the highest death tolls of the raids Israel has undertaken to fight Iran's entrenchment in Syria. "The area from which the Iranians fired their missile is an area that we have been promised the Iranians would not be present in".
Later on Monday, IDF Spokesman Brig.
"Syria is paying a heavy price for its approval of the [rocket] operation, and the fire yesterday toward the northern Golan", Manelis added.
Israel holds Syria responsible for any attacks emanating from its territory.
"We will not ignore such acts of aggression as Iran attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and gives explicit statements by Iran that it intends to destroy Israel", stated the Israeli Prime Minister.
Earlier on Wednesday, Netanyahu signalled that the Syria sorties would continue.
The strikes have long caused friction between Israel and Russian Federation, which apart from Iran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's other major foreign backer. "We won't stop attacking", he said.
"We're ready for the decisive war that will bring about Israel's disappearance". He added that Iranian student pilots are now acquiring the necessary knowledge to be prepared "for the promised day to destroy Israel". Iran's Qud Forces are elite units within Iran's Revolutionary Guard tasked with unconventional warfare and intelligence-gathering operations, not entirely unlike special operations troops employed by many nations around the world.
On Tuesday, the Iranian state-affiliated Mehr news agency quoted a senior Iranian official, Ali Shamkhani, as saying that Iranian forces will remain in Syria as long as the Assad regime requires it.
State TV had said earlier that initial reports pointed to a terrorist attack, and that a number of people were injured. Syria's air defense has shot down several targets, the agency added, without providing further details.
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