Syria accuses Israel of airstrikes on targets outdoors Damascus – Center East

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IAF Brigadier General Peleg Niego at Tel Nof Airbase

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IAF Brigadier Basic Peleg Niego at Tel Nof Airbase in Rehovot, Could 23, 2018.
(photograph credit score: PMO)


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Syrian state media accused Israel of launching a strike in opposition to targets outdoors Damascus on Saturday night time and claimed the nation’s air defenses intercepted quite a lot of missiles, the second time in lower than 24 hours.

In keeping with pro-regime sources, the anti-aircraft batteries had been activated after they recognized “hostile international objects” coming into Syrian airspace from Israel. The experiences of extra airstrikes got here a day after the regime accused the Jewish State of putting targets outdoors the capital on Friday night time. 

“Aerial defenses detected hostile targets coming from the course of Quneitra and intercepted them,” a army supply was quoted on Friday by Syria’s SANA information company as saying.

The state tv channel confirmed footage of the night time sky with some extent of sunshine firing up into it and the sound of explosions.

In keeping with pro-opposition experiences, the strikes focused the First Division HQ of the Syrian Military Forces close to al-Kiswah, south of Damascus. The location, some 50 km. from the Israeli border, is close to Iranian and Hezbollah storage websites and air protection batteries.

Different native experiences stated the strikes focused Iranian arms depots.

There was no touch upon the strikes by Israel, which not often discusses alleged IAF operations on the northern entrance. Israeli officers, nonetheless, have repeatedly voiced issues over Iran’s presence in Syria and the smuggling of subtle weaponry to Hezbollah from Tehran to Lebanon by way of Syria, stressing that each are redlines for the Jewish state.

In an effort to forestall subtle weaponry from reaching Hezbollah, Israel continuously carries out airstrikes in opposition to Iran and its allies in Syria. In January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel has a set coverage of stopping Iran’s entrenchment in Syria.


IAF jets are believed to have carried out dozens of assaults in al-Kiswah and Damascus Worldwide Airport as a part of its effort to forestall Iranian entrenchment within the war-torn nation.

In December, an Israeli official confirmed that Israel had carried out airstrikes in opposition to Iranian targets close to the Syrian capital that month, hitting an arms depot and several other army positions together with air protection amenities. In response to the strikes, Syria activated its air protection programs, resulting in Israel downing an anti-aircraft missile.

Detritus from the anti-aircraft missile fell in an open areas of Israel’s Golan Heights.

A month later IAF jets struck the positioning once more. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the jets focused missile depots belonging to Hezbollah within the al-Kiswah space, in addition to Damascus Worldwide Airport. Different native experiences stated the strikes destroyed Iranian cargo planes on the airport southeast of the capital.

In April, Israeli planes flying in Lebanese airspace focused an Iranian surface-to-surface missile manufacturing facility in a Syrian base in Masyaf within the province of Hama. SANA reported that Assad regime air defenses intercepted and downed a number of the IAF rockets.

Whereas SANA stated the interception of the Israeli missiles resulted within the destruction of a number of buildings and the wounding of three “fighters,” based on a report by SOHR, Iranian “components” and pro-Iranian terrorists had been killed and one other 17 had been injured.

SOHR reported that the strike focused a Syrian army school within the city and two buildings utilized by Iranian forces in close by villages – a improvement heart for medium-range missiles in Zawi and a coaching camp in Sheikh Ghadban.

Satellite tv for pc photographs launched by Israeli intelligence agency ImageSat Intl. (ISI) confirmed the manufacturing facility’s full destruction.

“The primary industrial buildings had been fully destroyed, together with the principle hangar and the adjoining three manufacturing hangers and buildings. The remainder of the buildings had been affected and broken by the blast,” ISI stated, including that they “assess that each one the weather and/or gear which had been inside are fully destroyed as nicely.”

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