Published: Thu, January 24, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Israel launches series of retaliatory airstrikes at Iranian interests in Syria

Israel launches series of retaliatory airstrikes at Iranian interests in Syria

Russian Federation is demanding that Israel end its "arbitrary" airstrikes on targets in Syria, two days after the Israeli Air Force struck a series of Iranian military and intelligence targets in response to a rocket strike on the Golan Heights.

Israel struck Iranian targets in the early hours of Monday morning, less than 24 hours after Iranian fighters fired a surface-to-surface rocket at the northern Golan Heights. According to Israel's statements, the response to this missile attack included strikes at munition storage facilities, training camps, intelligence-gathering operations, and the worldwide airport in Damascus, Syria. The Israeli bombardment killed at least 21 people, including 12 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring organization.

The strikes have caused friction between Israel and Russian Federation, which along with Iran has provided President Bashar al-Assad with crucial military support throughout the Syrian conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions.

Israel is widely seen as using its airstrikes to deliver a message to the Iranians that it will not allow its forces to threaten Israel from within Syria as the United States prepares to pull out its troops.

According to an official statement released by the IDF, the inbound missile was sacked by Iranian forces operating out of nearby Syria. Iran has denied that any of its soldiers were killed, but recent statements don't suggest Teheran is backing down from the fight. "The attack was an Iranian attempt to strike at Israel".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back on Wednesday at Qasem Soleimani, the powerful commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard who suggested ousting the Israeli leader in order to prevent further attacks on its operations in Iran. The missile was launched "by Iranian troops, not by proxies, not by Shiite militias, not by Syrian troops, but Iranian troops with an Iranian missile", Conricus said.

Israel has warned it would continue to target positions in Syria held by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

"We're ready for the decisive war that will bring about Israel's disappearance from the earth".

Despite the current tensions, Israeli analysts say they do not believe Israel or Iran wants a war. Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh said in remarks made during an interview with a state-owned media site.

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