Ne­tanyahu con­firms Is­raeli air strikes in Syria

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IS­RAELI Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu has re­vealed on Sun­day that Is­rael had car­ried out air strikes on Ira­nian weapons in Syria on Fri­day, in a rare pub­lic con­fir­ma­tion of such at­tacks.

The Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter said that the coun­try suc­cess­fully blew up an Ira­nian weapons stor­age fa­cil­ity at Syria's big­gest air­port.

“Just in the last 36 hours the air force at­tacked Ira­nian ware­houses con­tain­ing Ira­nian weapons in the Da­m­as­cus In­ter­na­tional Air­port,” Ne­tanyahu was quoted as say­ing at the start of a cab­i­net meet­ing on Sun­day.

“The ac­cu­mu­la­tion of re­cent at­tacks shows that we're more de­ter­mined than ever to act against Iran in Syria, just as we promised,” the Prime Min­is­ter said in a state­ment.

Ne­tanyahu also added that Is­rael had at­tacked Ira­nian and Hezbol­lah tar­gets in Syria hun­dreds of times.

It is a rare pub­lic an­nounce­ment of Syr­ian air strikes from Ne­tanyahu but he may be look­ing to bur­nish his se­cu­rity cre­den­tials with an April 9 elec­tion on the hori­zon.

Syria’s of­fi­cial SANA news agency claimed it had shot down most of Is­rael’s mis­siles, and that the at­tack was largely un­suc­cess­ful.

But it did ad­mit that a ware­house in the air­port had been hit. Is­rael has pledged to pre­vent its main en­emy Iran from en­trench­ing it­self mil­i­tar­ily in Syria, where it is back­ing Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad’s regime along­side Rus­sia and Hezbol­lah.

Un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally, out­go­ing mil­i­tary chief of staff Gadi syria also spoke pub­licly of Syr­ian air strikes in in­ter­views in re­cent days.

Eisenkot told the New York Times, “We struck thou­sands of tar­gets with­out claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity or ask­ing for credit.”

Strikes had hit an Ira­nian weapons stor­age fa­cil­ity.

Is­raeli PM Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

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