Ne­tanyahu con­firms week­end strike on Iran tar­get in Syria

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JERUSALEM: Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said yes­ter­day that Is­rael had at the week­end car­ried out an air strike on Ira­nian weapons in Syria, a rare pub­lic con­fir­ma­tion of such at­tacks.

“Just in the last 36 hours the air force at­tacked Ira­nian ware­houses con­tain­ing Ira­nian weapons in the Da­m­as­cus in­ter­na­tional air­port,” Ne­tanyahu said at the start of a cab­i­net meet­ing, ac­cord­ing to his of­fice.

“The ac­cu­mu­la­tion of re­cent at­tacks shows that we’re more de­ter­mined than ever to act against Iran in Syria, just as we promised.”

Late Fri­day Syr­ian air de­fences shot down Is­raeli mis­siles, Syria’s of­fi­cial SANA news agency re­ported that day quot­ing a mil­i­tary source.

“Only a min­istry of trans­port ware­house at Da­m­as­cus in­ter­na­tional air­port was hit,” SANA cited the mil­i­tary source as say­ing at the time.

Yes­ter­day Ne­tanyahu said that Is­rael had at­tacked Ira­nian and Hezbol­lah tar­gets in Syria hun­dreds of times.

Is­rael has pledged to pre­vent its main en­emy Iran from en­trench­ing it­self mil­i­tar­ily in Syria, where it is back­ing Pres­i­dent Bashar alAs­sad’s regime along­side Rus­sia and Hezbol­lah.

It rarely pub­licly con­firms such strikes, though out­go­ing mil­i­tary chief of staff Gadi syria has spo­ken of them in in­ter­views in re­cent days.

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

Ne­tanyahu is also fac­ing April 9 elec­tions in Is­rael and has been seek­ing to bur­nish his se­cu­rity cre­den­tials.

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