Israel bombs targets in Syria

Israel bombs targets in Syria

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These are the first raids since September, when a Russian plane was accidentally shot down by the Syrian DCA after Israeli gunfire.

Israel conducted air raids on Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday night. These strikes, which are not commented on by the Israeli army, are the first to be reported since the Syrian forces accidentally destroyed a Russian reconnaissance plane with 15 soldiers on board on September 17, during a raid by the Israeli army. Israeli air force in the Latakia region. Moscow had rejected responsibility for the incident on Israel and delivered to Damascus streak of S300 missile defense systems. The new equipment would not be used yet, with Syrian air defense troops still needing training to operate them.

The Israeli hunt reportedly targeted illegal Iranian ammunition warehouses in the south of the country. Explosions have also been heard in the suburbs of Damascus, near the international airport, on land that, according to Israel, was used by Tehran to supply arms to Hezbollah, its Lebanese ally. Others have been reported along the Damascus-Beirut highway, which could indicate that arms transport has been targeted.

In a statement issued shortly before midnight on Thursday, the Israeli army said a Syrian surface-to-air missile was fired at an uninhabited area of ​​the Golan Heights, without specifying whether it had fallen on either the Syrian side or the Syrian side. side occupied by the Hebrew State. On Friday, anti-aircraft missile debris fired from southern Syria was found in Israeli territory. It was a response to the Israeli raid in southern Syria.

Diplomatic crisis

Israel conducted hundreds of airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria before the fall to slow down arms transfers from Syria to Lebanon and reduce the operational capabilities of Tehran and pro-Iranian militias.

The Syrian DCA’s accidental fire against the Russian aircraft had triggered a crisis between Russia and Israel that had maintained good relations so far. During his visit to Paris for the celebration of the end of the First World War, Benyamin Netanyahu had not been able, as he would have liked, to have a long conversation with Vladimir Putin. According to the Israeli prime minister, his country will continue to fight the Iranian presence in Syria by continuing “coordination with the Russian army”. Israel fears that with the stabilization of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Iran will reposition itself in the region by transferring its weapons and men to Lebanon.

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