IDF strikes Syrian, Iranian targets in Syria, soldiers killed

The Israeli army claimed, Wednesday morning, November 18, to have struck Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria. “What Iran and Syria did: They put improvised explosive devices near the Alpha line [le long de la frontière nord de l’Etat hébreu] to hit Israeli troops. What we did: we just hit targets of the Iranian Quds Force and the Syrian armed forces in Syria ”, wrote the Israeli army on Twitter. The Quds Force is an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards responsible for foreign operations.

Israel said it hit “Storage facilities, headquarters and military complexes”. “Syrian surface-to-air missile batteries were hit”, is it added in a press release.

Quoting a “Military source”, the Sana agency evokes a “Aerial assault” conducted by “The Zionist enemy” against “The southern region”. “The assault killed three soldiers and injured a soldier, causing material damage”, adds Sana.

A claim in the event of retaliation

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes and missiles on Syria since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces deployed in Syrian territory as well as government troops.

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The Jewish state rarely recognizes individual strikes, but it does when it says it is responding to specific attacks on Israeli territory.

Israel “Considers the Syrian regime responsible for all actions perpetrated against its territory and will continue to operate when necessary against the Iranian presence in Syria”, the army said.

Wednesday’s strikes came a few hours before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel for talks that should focus on the Iranian issue.

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The World with AFP

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