Published: Wed, November 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Israel 'wide-scale strikes' hit Iranian, Syrian targets near Damascus

Israel 'wide-scale strikes' hit Iranian, Syrian targets near Damascus

No casualties or damage were reported in that attack.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said they targeted Iranian surface-to-air missiles, headquarters, weapons warehouses and military bases during the raid.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of the strike: "I have made clear that any who attack us, we will attack them".

Israel attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in what it said was retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel the day before, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay Adraee said. "That's what we did tonight", he said early Wednesday.

Israel intercepted the four rockets on the Golan Heights on Tuesday which came amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iranian proxies along its borders.

Israel's new hard-line defence minister, Naftali Bennett, issued an equally firm statement.

Footage circulated on social media and Syrian state television showed nighttime explosions along the Damascus skyline and apparent Syrian attempts to intercept the incoming Israeli missiles.

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During the attack the Syrian government´s defence missile was sacked "despite clear warnings to refrain from such fire", it added. Israel sometimes launches its attacks on Syria from planes flying over neighbouring Lebanon.

The Quds Force is an elite arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

SANA said three were injured as a result of the Israeli counter-attack.

"In the early morning hours, a number of failed launches from Syrian territory which did not cross into Israeli territory were detected", said the Israeli military statement. Around 450 rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the military operation against Abu Al-Ata, according to the Israeli army, as the military struck back at Islamic Jihad targets.

Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against Iranian targets to establish its military presence and prevent weapons being delivered to the Lebanese Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.

The killing was accompanied by a second strike, unconfirmed by Israel, on an Islamic Jihad leader in Damascus that killed his son and another person.

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