Published: Mon, August 26, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Israel airstrikes Iran's forces in Syria

Israel airstrikes Iran's forces in Syria

In Tehran, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander denied that Iranian targets had been hit in the Israeli air strikes in Syria, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.

In recent days, US officials have said that Israeli strikes have hit Iranian targets in Iraq, in what would be a significant expansion of Israel's campaign targeting Iranian military entrenchment in the region.

Syrian state media said Syrian air defenses intercepted "hostile targets" over Damascus, the capital, on Saturday night.

Israeli jets have struck against Iranian forces near Damascus to destroy "killer drones".

The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah said Sunday that his group will confront and shoot down any Israeli drones that enter Lebanese airspace from now on, raising the potential for conflict amid heightened regional tensions.

The Iranian Quds operatives and Shiite militias planned to launch a number of armed drones against Israeli targets, IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said in a statement tweeted in Hebrew.

On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attack by Israeli warplanes a "major operational effort".

The Israeli military says three projectiles have been launched from the Gaza Strip, setting off air raid sirens in southern Israel. "It's trying to establish bases against us everywhere; in Iran itself, in Lebanon, in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen". "Our forces operate in every direction against Iranian aggression".

"The first drone that fell down is now in the hands of Hezbollah, which is analysing the background of its operation and the tasks it tried to carry out", he said.

The second drone which was professionally created to cause casualties hit its target but left no casualties, according to the Hezbollah chief.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the attacks. "Iran has no immunity anywhere".

Two US officials told CNN the US government believes Israel was likely involved in a strike north of Baghad in July, and likely targeted milita groups that have a close relationship with Iran.

The sounds of explosions were heard all around the Syrian capital, SANA said. "But the Iranians are not stopping and do not intend to give up on [Syria]".

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shiite group that supports Syria's President Bashar Al Assad, who is also backed by Tehran.

The airstrikes triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire. In their 2006 war almost 1,200 people, mostly civilians, died in Lebanon and 158 people died in Israel, mostly soldiers.

Two Israeli drones came down over Beirut early on Sunday causing damage in a densely populated neighbourhood.

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