Syria: Israeli Missiles Strike Quneitra, Near Border

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A United Nations observation post at the Quneitra crossing on the Israel-Syria border, July 18, 2019.
A United Nations observation post at the Quneitra crossing on the Israel-Syria border, July 18, 2019.Credit: Gil Eliahu

An Israeli missile struck western Quneitra province in Syria, near the Golan Heights border with Israel, Syrian state media reported Thursday.

Hezbollah's Al Manar television channel cited Syrian state media, saying that the attack struck Tel Bariqa, a suburb of Quneitra, and that no one was injured. Material damage was reported.

No details were given about the intended target of the attack. Saudi news channel Al Arabiya Al Hadath reported that the strike was reported after Hezbollah militants were identified in the area, but did not cite any Syrian sources.  

Meanwhile, at a memorial ceremony on Thursday for the late Revisionist Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned the Israel Defense Forces' activity in the north while addressing an incident in which three Israeli soldiers were wounded in a clash with an armed Palestinian who breached the Gaza border fence, and was eventually killed.

"We are also fighting on other fronts at this time," Netanyahu said. "On the northern front, we are acting against Iran and Hezbollah, and you are all hearing about this in recent days as well."     

Bariqa, Syria

Last Wednesday morning, Syrian state media said Israel struck a Syrian army base in Tel Al-Hara in the Golan Heights, as well as other targets in Quneitra and the village of Sasa southeast of Damascus. Western intelligence sources previously said Iranian-backed militias are based in Tel Al-Hara.

Israel reportedly struck an Iranian warehouse in Iraq, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Tuesday. According to the report, warehouses storing arms and missiles at Camp Ashraf, north-east of Baghdad were hit twice in the past month.

On July 19, the base was struck by an Israeli F-35 fighter jet, the sources added. The base was allegedly attacked again on Sunday.

Over the past year, an number of strikes targeting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah in Syria were attributed to Israel. 

Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said last week that "Israel is the only country in the world that has been killing Iranians for two years now."

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