Explosion reported in Daraa province on Iranian arms depot; Syrian media claims Israel responsible; Netanyahu: We are working to prevent Iranian forces and those of its proxies from establishing a military presence anywhere in Syria, and we will continue to do so.
A powerful explosion was reported on an Iranian arms depot in the Daraa province in Syria on Tuesday, media reports claiming Israeli strikes.
The explosion was reported in the town of Lajat, an area under heavy fighting between Assad and rebel forces. The target is a known Iranian ammunition depot.
Israeli airstrikes were last reported last Tuesday near the Damascus International Airport on an Iranian cargo plane that was being unloaded at the airport, thwarting a weapons shipment to Hezbollah. Syrian media reported two Israeli missiles hit the target.
Reports also surfaced on Tuesday that Hezbollah threatened the IDF through a third party against “any Israeli campaign against the Syrian army in the Golan Heights”.
During his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated that Israel will do what is necessary to combat Iran’s presence and proxies in Syria. He stated “At a time when the US is economically striking at the Iranian regime, we are working to prevent Iranian forces and those of its proxies from establishing a military presence anywhere in Syria, and we will continue to do so.”
He spoke about Israel’s commitment to continue to provide humanitarian aid missions to assist Syrian refugees flocking to the Golan Heights, confirming that Israel will not open its borders. He reported “Regarding southern Syria, we will continue to defend our borders. We will extend humanitarian assistance to the extent of our abilities. We will not allow entry into our territory and we will demand that the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement with the Syrian army be strictly upheld.” He added “I am in continual contact with the White House and the Kremlin on this matter. The Defense Minister and the Chief-of-Staff are in similar contact with their counterparts in both the US and Russia.”
Amir will address this and much more during his Middle East Current Events Update LIVE from Lisbon on Tuesday. Tune in at 9:00 pm (Portugal time).
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