11 killed in Israeli attack on Iranian targets in Syria

Hugh Fox
January 22, 2019

The head of Iran's air force has warned his country is "impatient" to fight Israel and "eliminate it from the Earth" - after deadly Israeli missile attacks on Tehran forces in Syria.

"It was carried out in response to Sunday's rocket attack, which was the third time Iran has launched an attack against us from Syrian territory in the past year and serves as proof of its military entrenchment in the country", said the statement.

It provided no details. It said a rocket attack on Sunday was Iran's work.

In May, Israeli strikes killed 27 pro-regime fighters including 11 Iranians in strikes on dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria.

For years, Israel has remained largely silent about its attacks against Iran and its Shiite proxies operating in neighboring Syria.

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As Israel announced its strikes early on Monday, Syrian state news agency SANA said its country's air-defence systems had targeted "enemy" fire.

In the video, a woman skis in the Hermon resort, in the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights, when the defense system intercepts the missile.

Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said young Iranian air force recruits are "fully ready.to confront the Zionist regime".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel "pounded" the Iranian sites in response to the missile attack and would not hesitate to respond again. "Some of the targets of the Quds infrastructure that we attacked were located inside Syrian military camps, they endanger themselves and pay a heavy price", he said.

Syria's military said it destroyed most of the missiles before they could reach their targets, though a monitoring group said 11 people were killed.

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The strikes have killed four Syrian soldiers and left six others injured, the Russian Defense Ministry has said, as well as causing damage to Damascus International Airport.

"Our air defenses immediately dealt with the situation and intercepted the hostile missiles and destroyed majority before" they reached their goals, the news service reported, adding that it shot down dozens.

Usually, Israel keeps quiet about its attacks on Iranian targets near its border but has been more open in January.

Amidror said Israel didn't do that in Lebanon and now is facing 120,000 rockets and missiles. That followed a rare Israeli daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport. He said Israel also wants its foes to know that the promised withdrawal from Syria by American forces will have no effect on its policies.

"Our armed forces are prepared for a war that will bring the destruction of Israel", he said, according to media reports.

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According to Manelis, the missile that was sacked toward Israel was an Iranian-made surface-to-surface missile whose launch had been prepared months in advance.

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