First official announcement by IDF on strikes on Syria; No injuries or damages reported; IDF “not involved in the fighting in Syria but is determined to defend itself and will respond to any unusual incidents”
The IDF struck two Assad regime military positions in Syria overnight Sunday following stray fire into Israeli territory.
The IDF confirmed and reported the incident, the first official announcement made publicly by the IDF on operations carried out on Syria. Until now, Israel and the IDF refuse to respond confirming or denying reports of strikes and covert missions in Syria.
The IDF announced Monday morning that “The gunfire did not endanger the residents in the area or our forces. The IDF is not involved in the fighting in Syria but is determined to defend itself and will respond to any unusual incidents.”
In April of this year, Prime Minister Netanyahu publicly confirmed past Israeli airstrikes and operations in Syria preventing weapons transfers to Hezbollah and targeting weapon caches in Syria. He stated at that time “We act when we need to act, including here across the border, with dozens of strikes meant to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining game-changing weaponry.” It was the first public acknowledgment by an Israeli official confirming such operations.
Last month during his visit to Moscow, Netanyahu stated that “We’re [Israel] making sure that Syria doesn’t become a launch pad for attacks against Israel. Not by the Assad regime, not by Hezbollah, and not by Islamist groups. We have enough enemies. My policy is to take every step necessary to prevent attacks. We act from time to time as is needed.”
Israel and Russia established a joint-committee on military coordination in Syria, Netanyahu meeting with Putin three times since the committee’s establishment.