The Israeli army reported that this Wednesday it bombed Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, in retaliation for the discovery of explosive devices on its northern border, which have left at least three soldiers dead, according to the official Syrian press.
“Yesterday (Tuesday), troops of the Israeli Defense Forces found explosive devices (…) that placed Syrian squads led by Iranian forces”, the army said in a statement, in which it stated that “In response, in the early morning, IDF planes bombed military targets of the Iranian Quds force and the Syrian army.”
The Quds Force is an elite unit of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution tasked with overseas operations.
At least three soldiers lost their lives in Syria in the bombings carried out by Israel in the early hours of Wednesday, the official Syrian press agency Sana announced.
The agency, which cites a “military source”, reports an “air attack” carried out by the “Zionist enemy” against the “southern region”. “The attack has killed three soldiers and wounded a soldier and caused material damage,” the agency added.
Israel declared that it bombed “storage facilities, headquarters and military complexes”. “Syrian surface-to-air missile batteries were hit,” the statement added.
Israel has carried out hundreds of aerial bombardments and launched missiles against Syria since the beginning of the civil war in the Arab country in 2011, in particular against the Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces deployed in Syrian territory and against government troops.
The Hebrew state rarely recognizes individual bombings, but does so when responding to specific attacks on Israeli territory.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip and landed in southern Israel, the Israeli army announced in a statement.
One of the rockets activated the sirens of the coastal city of Ashdod, forty kilometers north of the Gaza Strip.
“The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system launched interceptors according to standard operating procedures,” indicates the army statement.
However, a military spokeswoman specified that the antimissile system did not intercept either of the two rockets.
According to the Israeli press, the rockets fell in uninhabited areas, an information not confirmed by the military spokeswoman.
In response, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) fighter jets, attack helicopters and tanks attacked Hamas underground infrastructure and military posts in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF is conducting an ongoing situation assessment and stands ready to operate decisively against any attempted terrorist activity directed against Israeli civilians. or any violation of sovereignty.
The rockets were fired into central and southern Israel and alarm sirens sounded in the cities of Ashdod and Palmachim, although the sound of the interception of the shells was heard in more places, according to the ‘Jerusalem Post’.
The launch came three days after the anniversary of the death of a commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, Baha Abu al Atta. In response, the Palestinian militias fired hundreds of rockets at Israel.
(With information from AFP)
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