Strikes on Iranian targets in Syria caused a blackout in Aleppo; Reports claim seven Iranians killed in strikes.
The Syrian Army reported Israeli airstrikes outside of Aleppo on Wednesday night, reports claiming seven Iranians were killed.
Some of the airstrikes were on an industrial zone in northern Aleppo and prompted Syrian missile defense systems to respond. The Syrian army claimed on Wednesday, “The Israeli aggression targeted some positions in Sheikh Najjar industrial zone and a number of enemy missiles were brought down.” The strikes caused a massive electrical blackout throughout Aleppo.
The strikes reportedly targeted Iranian weapon caches and an ammunition warehouse, as well as an airport used by Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces. It was the second time the Israel Air Force struck the airport in less than a year.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF), as with the majority of covert operations in Syria and the region, did not comment on the reports. Most of its missions in Syria have been to prevent weapon transfers to Hezbollah and combat Iran’s entrenchment in the region.
Iran was behind the recent flareup with Hamas in the Gaza Strip and consecutive days of rocket attacks on the State of Israel. According to a senior Hamas official and confirmed from Egyptian intelligence officials, Iran’s efforts were an attempt to hurt Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel’s upcoming April elections.