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Air Force Hits Iranian Targets In Syria After Missile Attack On Golan Heights

Source: Jerusalem Post

January 21 2019


Israeli jets have struck Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria following a missile attack against the Israeli-administered Golan Heights, reports the Jerusalem Post

On Monday, Israeli jets carried out three waves of strikes against weapons depots, intelligence sites and training camps belonging to the Iranian Quds Force, a military spokesman said. 

The attacks also targeted Syrian air defense batteries that fired on Israeli jets, said the IDF spokesman. 

At least four Syrian troops were killed in the strikes, reported Russia's Interfax news service. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 11 people were killed in the attack, only two of whom were Syrian, reported Haaretz (Israel). 

Syrian state media claimed that air defenses intercepted most of the Israeli missiles.

The strike was in response to a surface-to-surface missile launched by Iranian forces on Sunday near the Golan Heights, said the IDF. The launch had been prepared months in advance. It was fired from an area near Damascus that Israel had been told would not be used by Iranians, the spokesman said. 

The missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

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