Israel reacts to illegal incursion by pasting Iranian targets in Syria

Things have heated up on the Israel-Syria border with Israel responding to an illegal drone incursion by pasting Iranian targets in Syria.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

In a major flare up on Israel’s northern border, Israel carried out a large-scale attack against Syrian air defenses and Iranian targets in the war-torn country after an Israeli F-16 crashed during operations to strike Iranian targets in Syria early Saturday morning.

According to a statement released by the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit, 12 targets were attacked, including three Syrians air defense batteries and four Iranian targets which were part of the Islamic Republic’s buildup in Syria.  

The Israeli strike was met with anti-aircraft fire, triggering air raid sirens in the Golan Heights and upper Galilee, warning residents of potential rocket strikes.

“The IDF acts with determination against the attempt of the Iranian-Syrian attack and the violation of Israeli sovereignty,” read a statement by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “The IDF is prepared for a variety of scenarios and will continue to act as necessary.”

Early on Saturday morning an Iranian drone, which was launched from a Syrian base in the Homs desert, was identified approaching Israeli airspace by the IDF around 4am, setting off alarms across Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley.  Once entering Israel it was intercepted by an Israeli Air Force Apache helicopter near the town of Beit She’an.

The IDF will continue to operate against attempts to infiltrate Israeli airspace and will act with determination to prevent any violations of Israel’s sovereignty,” read a statement by the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit.

Iran is dragging the region into an adventure and will pay the price for it.

In response, Israeli aircraft targeted the drone’s launch site deep inside Syrian territory in a “complicated surgical strike,” in which heavy anti-aircraft missile fire was launched by the Syrians against the Israeli jets.

“During the Air Force operation, anti-aircraft missiles were fired at the aircraft and the pilots of one of the planes ejected themselves. The pilots fell inside Israel and were evacuated to hospital,” the army said.

The army later cleared for release that one of the pilots was severely wounded while the other one was slightly injured.

The IDF could not confirm whether the jet, which crashed in Beit Netofa Valley in the Lower Galilee, was hit by the anti-aircraft missiles or if it crashed for other reasons.

An unidentified Syrian military source was cited as saying that the Syrians hit more than one Israeli plane. However, the IDF denied this report and confirmed that only one aircraft was damaged.

Israel will be going after Iranian-backed Hezbollah. This might escalate to the border areas of Lebanon where there are massive Hezbollah fortifications. Hezbollah, reportedly, has more than 150,000 rockets in Syria and Lebanon.

Syria’s armed forces are in no fit state to take on the IDF and, who knows, maybe Assad will be thankful to get rid of the malign influence of Iran from his country as well as the Hezbollah militants.

One thing is for sure there are going to be a lot less of them once the Israelis stop.

 

-JPost, @IDFspokesperson, @LTCJonathan


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