Israeli military strikes Iranian targets near Syrian capital

Jan 21, 2019, 4:47 AM EST
(Source: Israel Defense Forces/flickr)
(Source: Israel Defense Forces/flickr)

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF), in an overnight operation on Sunday, struck Iranian targets, including a military training camp, an intelligence site and munition stores around the Syrian capital, Damascus, in response to Tehran’s “entrenchment” in Syria.

The offensive, targeting the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, killed at least 11 pro-government fighters while the Syrian state media claimed that several “hostile targets” were shot down by the country’s air defenses, notes Al Jazeera.

The raid comes a day after Israel accused Quds Force personnel of launching a surface-to-surface rocket towards the northern Golan Heights, an attack that was foiled by its Iron Dome air defense system, writes the BBC.

Israel’s announcement of conducting such a raid on the Syrian territory is “highly unusual.” The country views Iran’s presence in Syria as a threat to its security and regional peace and has been targeting Iranian positions and those of allied militia to keep them away from its borders.