Israeli jets hit targets to prevent Iranian attack
THE ISRAELI air force struck in Syria to prevent an Iranian force from launching an attack on the Jewish state with drones armed with explosives, the army said Sunday.
While Israel operates regularly in Syria, it rarely acknowledges its actions so swiftly, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning arch-foe Iran it had no immunity from his state’s military.
In a briefing to reporters, military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said that late Saturday the Israeli air force “was able to thwart an Iranian attempt led by the Quds force from Syria to conduct an attack on Israeli targets in northern Israel using killer drones.”
According to Conricus, the Israeli attack took place in Aqraba, southeast of Damascus, and targeted “a number of terror targets and military facilities belonging to the Quds force as well as Shiite militias.”
The army had on Thursday prevented an earlier attempt to launch the drone attack, Conricus said, without providing further details.
“The threat was significant and these killer drones were capable of striking targets with significant capacity,” he said.
A Syrian military source quoted by official Sana news agency said that “At 2330 (2030 GMT) antiaircraft defences detected enemy targets from Golan heading towards the area around Damascus”.
“The aggression was immediately confronted and so far the majority of the enemy Israeli missiles have been destroyed before reaching their targets,” the source added.
- ‘Iran has no immunity anywhere’ An AFP correspondent in Damascus heard several large explosions before Sana announced the defensive action.
“The aggression is still going on and the air defence is able to counter the targets, dropping most of them” in the south of the country, the Sana agency said early Sunday.