Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria: The Israel Air Force struck targets in Syria on Sunday overnight, including sites belonging to Iran's Quds Force, the Israeli military said Monday. The attack comes as a response to a ground-to-ground missile that was fired a day earlier at Israel from Syria, and was intercepted. The Israeli military said on Monday that the missile was manufactured by Iran and launched by Iranian forces in Syria.
Targets include Syrian air defenses, Iranian sites: Israel said that the strike targeted some 10 sites in Syria, including arms warehouses at Damascus International Airport and other locations, and Iranian intelligence site and an Iranian training camp. Witnesses in Damascus said loud explosions rang out in the night sky.
Russia released a statement saying four Syrian soldiers were killed in the Israeli strike, with the Britain-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights saying that 11 people were killed in the strike, and only two were Syrian. Russia said that Syrian air defenses shot down more than 30 Israeli missiles.
Israel warned Syria ahead of the strike: Israel confirmed that "dozens" of ground-to-air missiles were fired at its planes, noting that it had warned Syria ahead of the strike, advising Damascus not to respond to the Israeli attack. "We warned the Syrians not to fire anti-aircraft missiles at our planes during the strike and they chose to fire anyway," Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the Israel Defense Forces spokesman, told reporters.
Iran threatens Israel: Following the strike, the commander of the Iran's air force, Aziz Nasirzadeh, was quoted as saying that he was impatient to fight Israel and eliminate it.
Sunday - Israel strikes Syria, missile fired at Israel: On Sunday, Russia said that Israel was behind an attack thwarted by the Syrian military earlier in the day, which targeted an airport in southeast Damascus. A missile was later fired at the Israeli Golan Heights and was shot down by an Iron Dome battery near Mount Hermon, an Israeli ski resort, with thousands of Israelis witnessing the interception.
End to ambiguity: Israel's policy of ambiguity surrounding its Syria strikes has been all-but-lifted recently. Last week, Israeli military chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, said in a farewell interview before stepping down that Israel had carried out attacks on thousands of targets in Syria in recent years. Later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took responsibility for attacking Iranian weapons stores a few days earlier.
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