Israel conducted new strikes in Syria on Sunday that left at least 11 dead among the forces loyal to the Damascus regime, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, with the Israeli state claiming to have responded to rocket attacks coming from the neighboring country.
Since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011, Israel has waged several strikes against the Syrian army but also against the forces of Iran and Hezbollah, unflinching allies of the regime of Bashar al-Assad and two great enemies of the Syrian army. Hebrew State implanted militarily in Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he ordered the latest strikes after rocket attacks came Saturday night from Syria.
“We will not tolerate gunfire against our territory,” Netanyahu warned in a statement, as the strikes come amid escalating tensions in the Middle East between the United States and the United States. Iran.
Israeli missile shots killed three Syrian army soldiers, but also seven Allied combatants of foreign nationality, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).
The official Syrian media has confirmed the missile fire near the capital Damascus but also in the province of Quneitra (south), which includes the Golan Heights, most of which is occupied and annexed by Israel.
The Israeli army reported two rocket fire late Saturday evening from Syria against Mount Hermon, located on the occupied Golan Heights.
She said she fought back by attacking “two Syrian artillery batteries, a number of Golan Heights observation and information posts and an SA-2 air defense battery.”
“During the strikes, an Israeli air defense system was activated because of Syrian anti-aircraft fire, and no rocket exploded in Israel,” the Israeli army said in a statement.
She warned that she “blamed” the Syrian regime for “every action against Israel”.
Israel rarely confirms its strikes in Syria, even though in recent months it has claimed several operations.
And late Sunday evening, the official Syrian news agency Sana reported a new Israeli strike, the second in 24 hours, which targeted an air base in the province of Homs.
One soldier was killed and two others wounded by the T4 base, which also damaged an armament depot, according to Sana.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, five people including a Syrian soldier were killed.
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In Damascus, the Syrian Army’s anti-aircraft defense came into action at dawn on Sunday against “enemy missiles” fired from Israel at “positions” southwest of the capital, a Syrian military source said. quoted by the official Sana agency.
“Enemy air targets have arrived from the occupied Golan” by Israel, she said. “Our air defenses blocked them and shot down those enemy missiles that were targeting our positions,” the source said.
The OSDH has stated that “warehouses and positions” where Syrian forces, Iranian forces and Hezbollah fighters have been stationed have been targeted, notably in Kesswa, a region southwest of Damascus past.
A strategic territory, particularly because of its wealth of water, the Syrian Golan was conquered in 1967 by Israel during the Arab-Israeli war and annexed in 1981. Several UN resolutions attribute the status of “occupied territory” illegally to the plateau.
Israel has always stated its intention to continue targeting the positions held by Iran or Hezbollah in Syria.
The latest strikes against Israel in Syria date back to May 27. An Israeli missile had landed on the province of Quneitra, killing a Syrian soldier.
In January, Israel struck Iranian positions in Syria, saying it was responding in response to an Iranian missile strike. According to the OSDH, 21 people, mainly Iranians, had been killed in these strikes.
Triggered in 2011 by the repression of anti-government demonstrations, the conflict in Syria became more complex with the involvement of foreign powers. It has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions and refugees.