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Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria
Jan 22, 2019-
Israel struck what it said were Iranian targets in Syria early Monday in response to rocket fire it blamed on Iran, sparking concerns of an escalation after a monitor reported 11 fighters killed.Israel openly claimed responsibility for the strikes against facilities it said belonged to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, continuing its recent practice of speaking more openly about such raids.
It said the strikes were in response to a surface-to-surface rocket the Quds Force fired from Syria at the Golan Heights on Sunday, which Israeli defences intercepted.
“Yesterday, Iranian Quds forces operating in Syrian territory launched a surface-to-surface rocket from Syrian territory aimed at the northern Golan Heights,” the Israeli military said in a statement. “In response to the attack, during the night [Israeli military] fighter jets struck Iranian Quds Forces military targets in Syria in addition to Syrian aerial defence batteries.”
It said targets included munitions stores, a site at Damascus International Airport, an Iranian intelligence installation and an Iranian military training camp.
It said it had also hit Syrian air defence batteries in response to fire from them.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said at least 11 pro-regime fighters including two Syrians were killed.
Russia, which like Iran is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
in the country’s war, said the Israeli strikes killed four Syrian soldiers and wounded six, while also damaging Damascus airport infrastructure.
Published: 22-01-2019 08:59