Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

The Israel Defense Forces attacked Iranian military targets in Syria on Sunday.

A long exposure picture shows Israeli artillery deployed missiles toward Syrian military targets, on the Golan Heights, next to the Israeli-Syrian border on May 10. File Photo by Atef Safadi/EPA-EFE
A long exposure picture shows Israeli artillery deployed missiles toward Syrian military targets, on the Golan Heights, next to the Israeli-Syrian border on May 10. File Photo by Atef Safadi/EPA-EFE

Th IDF announced the attack on Facebook and Twitter.
“We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory,” the IDF said in the tweet.

The airstrikes destroyed weapon stores and military positions of Iran’s elite Quds Forces and Lebanese Hezbollah near Damascus International Airport as well as in the areas of Al-Kiswah and Jamraya, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on its Facebook page.

The attack “caused substantial material damage amid information about human loses,” the Britain-based human rights watchdog said.

SANA, Syrian state media, said Israel launched guided missiles in successive land and airstrikes, and that most of the missiles had been shot down.

The number of casualties was unknown.

The Israeli attack follows a rocket having been fired from Syria at the northern Golan Heights some hours earlier, but it was intercepted by the nation’s Iron Dome Aerial Defense System, the IDF said in a tweet.

ByDarryl Coote