Following 20 Iranian rockets fired at Israel (none entered Israeli territory), IDF carried out large-scale operation in Syria, striking over 50 targets; IDF: Iran will need a lot of time and resources to rehabilitate its operational, military and intelligence infrastructures we hit tonight.
The Israel Air Force carried out dozens of strikes on Iranian targets in Syria overnight after Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force launched 20 rockets at Israel.
Sirens were heard in the Golan Heights, however none of the Iranian Grads or Fajr-5 rockets launched reached Israeli territory. Four of the rockets fired at Israel were intercepted by the Iron Dome, the remaining rockets landing in Syria.
The IDF reported the attack in the statement “The Quds Force, led by [Maj. Gen] Qassem Soleimani targeted us and failed to achieve the desired outcome. At the Quds Force’s orders, and under Iranian command in the attack’s command and control circles, about 20 rockets were fired by Hezbollah experts and Shiite militias with Iranian weapons, and none of them hit Israeli territory. Four of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome and the rest landed on Syrian territory. The fired weapons were Grads and Fajr-5 rockets from a vehicle about 30 to 40 kilometers from the suburbs of Damascus.”
Shortly after, the IDF began its large-scale operation in Syria, reporting that it attacked over 50 targets. It confirmed that it destroyed the launching site of the rockets fired, as well as Iranian intelligence, logistics and military sites. Reports from Syria claimed the IDF struck Syrian army radar, air defense systems and weapons depot sites.
The IDF confirmed its strikes overnight, releasing the statement “Overnight, IDF fighter jets struck dozens of military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds forces in Syrian territory. The strikes tonight were in response to the rockets that the Iranian Quds forces launched towards IDF forward posts in the Golan Heights. No injuries or damage were reported in the Iranian attack, and no hits were located in Israel.”
It warned that it will not allow Iran to establish itself in Syria, stating “This Iranian aggression is another proof of the intentions behind the establishment of the Iranian regime in Syria and the threat it poses to Israel and regional stability. The IDF will not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria. The Syrian regime will be held accountable for everything happening in its territory.”
On the success of the operation, it stated “Iran will need a lot of time and resources to rehabilitate its operational, military and intelligence infrastructures we hit tonight.”
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the IDF’s operation on Thursday morning, confirming that Israel attacked all the “Iranian infrastructure in Syria”. He reiterated that the State of Israel will “not allow Iran turn Syria into a frontline base for activity against Israel. This is our clear policy and we follow it,” adding “I hope we finished this chapter and everyone got the message
Israel reportedly alerted the Russian military just moments before the strikes as part of its ongoing military coordination on Syria. The developments follow a meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday where the prime minister took part in the Kremlin’s Victory Day Parade commemorating 73 years since the fall of Nazi Germany.
The leaders held a meeting as part of military coordination between the Russian military and IDF, Netanyahu confirming he told “President Putin that it is the right of every state, certainly it is Israel’s right, to take such steps as are necessary to defend itself against this aggression. I think that matters were presented in a direct and forthright manner, and this is important. These matters are very important to Israel’s security at all times and especially at this time.”
Be sure to watch Amir’s update on these events from Jerusalem Thursday morning.
Photo: Location of IDF strikes in Syria, IDF Spokesperson Unit, 2018