In a surprising statement, the Israeli military confirmed early Monday that it struck Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after operation a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. It said it was “currently striking” the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force in Syria and advised Syria’s military against “trying to harm Israeli territory or forces”. Witnesses in Damascus said thunderous explosions rang out in the night sky for almost an hour. “We have started hitting Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory. We presage the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to damage Israeli forces or territory,” Israel’s military said in a statement.
Targets striked by the IDF, which count around 10 according to its statement, comprise weapons warehouses at the Damascus International Airport and in other locations, an Iranian intelligence position and an Iranian training camp in Syria’s south. “We have a stable policy, to strike at the Iranian entrenchment in Syria and hurt anyone who tries to hurt us,” Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier. The Israeli army also said a well-known winter tourist site on Mount Hermon in the Israel controlled Golan Heights would be sealed for the day. It added that otherwise things continued “routine” along the frontier with Syria.
Military direction between Israel and Russia took a hit after a friendly fire event in September that led to a Russian plane being downed by Syrian air defenses during an Israeli strike. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which strictly monitors Syria’s war, said the bomb besieged the vehicle of a “security personality” that it did not recognize. The Observatory’s chief, Rami Abdurrahman, said it was uncertain whether the individual was killed or injured. “It was not a random act,” he added. “The buildup of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria,” Netanyahu said, while Eisenkot said that Israel “struck thousands of targets without demanding responsibility or asking for credit,”