In a rare diplomatic move, Jerusalem allows release of film acknowledging IDF attack in Syria with message that Israel will not tolerate Iranian attacks on Israel’s sovereignty or Iranian military entrenchment in Syria.
In a rare move, the Israeli military released footage from the IDF attack on eight Syrian and Iranian military targets in southern Syria, which took place overnight.
Yesterday, the IDF exposed an Iranian-led Syrian attack along the Alpha Line.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 18, 2020
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, several Iranian nationals were among 10 people killed in the attack, which the IDF said was conducted in response to explosives planted a day earlier on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, close to the border.
Israel does not tend to claim responsibly for such attacks as part its years-long policy in the region, making the decision to release the footage recorded by the war jets highly unusual.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement following the publication of the video, saying Israel will not allow Iranian military entrenchment in the region.
תיעוד מתקיפות צה”ל אשר התרחשו במהלך הלילה ובהן תקפו מטוסי קרב בסוריה מטרות צבאיות ובהן מחסנים, מפקדות ומתחמים צבאיים של כוח קודס האיראני והצבא הסורי pic.twitter.com/U7yLxpnlCz
— צבא ההגנה לישראל (@idfonline) November 18, 2020
“Early in the morning, the Israel Air Force attacked important targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force in Syria, as well as the Syrian army,” he said in a recorded video message. “We will not allow the Iranian military to establish itself in Syria, nor will we allow any attempt to attack us from Syrian territory. Whoever attacks us, has a target on his head. ”
In a statement, the IDF said its planes targeted the Syrian army and Iran’s Quds Force, hitting storage facilities, military compounds and Syrian surface-to-air missile batteries.
“This was a powerful strike,” IDF spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said. “We attacked targets near the border and all the way to the Damascus area including a central command center of the Iranian forces deployed near the capital’s airport and a secret compound which houses high level Iranian visitors, just south of the city.”
Zilberman said the attack on the compound was to send a direct message and that Israel was ready for any retaliation.
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