Israel launches airstrikes on Iranian forces in Syria

by Garry Watts January 21, 2019, 2:30
Israel launches airstrikes on Iranian forces in Syria

A rocket that was intercepted over the Golan Heights on Sunday was a surface-to-surface missile deliberately fired from Syria at Israel, according to Hebrew media. The area is popular with skiiers.

Syria's Pantsir and Buk air defense missile systems were used to shoot down Israeli rockets and knocked out seven of them.

The prime minister said that "in the past 36 hours", the IAF hit Iranian arms depots near Damascus airport.

Syria's air defense systems repelled an Israeli air attack in the country's south, the SANA news agency reported on Sunday.

Syrian state media broadcast footage of what it said were the air defenses firing, with bright lights seen shooting across the night sky. "There are some people killed and injured but we could not verify the toll immediately", the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.

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Israel "operated under a certain threshold until two-and-a-half years ago", when he got "unanimous consent" from the government to change the rules of the game and dropped some 2,000 missiles against Iranian and Hezbollah targets in 2018 alone, he said.

Another flight from Iran, flown by Tehran's Mahan Air carrier, was en route to Syria on Sunday afternoon, but turned back following the reported Israeli strikes, according to flight data.

Tel Aviv has a bellicose relationship with Damascus' Lebanese ally Hezbollah and Iran, and repeatedly strikes targets in the conflict-torn country. On that occasion, a Syrian anti-aircraft missile flew into Israeli airspace, and was destroyed by Israeli air defenses.

With the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah forces, Israel's northern front has become the IDF's number one priority with former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. -Gen.

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