Is­raeli strikes kill 11 fight­ers in Syria: Mon­i­tor

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Jerusalem - The Is­raeli army car­ried out a ‘ wide-scale’ at­tack against Ira­nian forces and Syr­ian army tar­gets in Syria on Wed­nes­day, killing at least 11 fight­ers, the Is­raeli army and a mon­i­tor­ing group said.

In a rare con­fir­ma­tion of their op­er­a­tions in Syria, the Is­raeli army said they car­ried out dozens of strikes against the Ira­nian elite Quds Force and the Syr­ian mil­i­tary, in re­sponse to four rock­ets fired at Is­rael a day be­fore.

At least eleven ‘fight­ers’ were killed in the strikes, said Bri­tain­based mon­i­tor­ing group the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights (SOHR).

Seven were for­eign­ers, its head Rami Ab­del Rah­man said, though he could not con­firm whether they were all Ira­nian. Four civil­ians were also wounded, he added.

Iran has fought along­side Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s forces in the coun­try’s eight-year civil war, height­en­ing Is­raeli con­cern over the pres­ence of its arch foe along its bor­der.

‘Who­ever hurts us, we will hurt him’, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said in a state­ment.

‘This is what we did overnight vis-a-vis mil­i­tary tar­gets of the Ira­nian Quds Force and Syr­ian mil­i­tary tar­gets in Syria af­ter a bar­rage of rock­ets was launched at Is­rael’.

The Is­raeli army said they had tar­geted around a dozen mil­i­tary sites, in­clud­ing ware­houses and mil­i­tary com­mand cen­tres. “It was very in­tense,” spokesman Jonathan Con­ri­cus said.

The most im­por­tant tar­get, he said, was a con­trol fa­cil­ity at the main in­ter­na­tional air­port in Da­m­as­cus.

“It is the main build­ing that serves the (Ira­nian) Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards... for co­or­di­nat­ing the lo­gis­tic fa­cil­i­ties of trans­port of mil­i­tary hard­ware from Iran to Syria and from Syria on­wards,” he said.

Is­rael has car­ried out fre­quent air and mis­sile strikes against Ira­nian tar­gets in­side Syria since the coun­try de­scended into civil war in 2011, but rarely com­ments on them.

(AFP)

A house re­port­edly dam­aged in an Is­raeli airstrike in the sub­urb of Qud­saya, west of Da­m­as­cus on Wed­nes­day

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