Syrian army official says the Dabaa military airfield near the Lebanese border was targeted by missiles prompting Syrian air defenses to ‘confront attack, preventing it from achieving its objective.’
– US denies involvement.
– IDF declines comment.
By Daniel Salami
An explosion was heard Thursday evening in the Dabaa military airfield in the Syrian province of Homs, near the Syrian-Lebanese border, Syrian state news agency SANA reported. The source of the blast was initially unclear.
Syrian state media added the military airport had come under a missile attack, which was repelled by its air defense systems.
“One of our military airports in the central region was exposed to hostile missile aggression, and our air defense systems confronted the attack and prevented it from achieving its aim,” SANA said. Continue Reading »
UNRWA has expressed shock at the devastation of the once thriving Palestinian suburb of Damascus, with Yarmouk turned into a concrete jungle of destruction.
• Since “it’s [the] Assad regime [and not Israel] let’s keep the focus on ISIS,” an official at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies tweeted cynically.
BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN
For a week, the Syrian regime has bombarded the Palestinian refugee camp and neighborhood of Yarmouk in southern Damascus.
Fears have risen about the fate of the thousands trapped between infighting between the regime and armed groups such as Islamic State and Hayet Tahrir al-Sham, which captured most of the camp in 2015. Continue Reading »
After the IDF response to the Syrian mortar fired on Israel, an Army spokesperson said, “The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for everything in its territory and will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents.”
BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
The IDF fired on a Syrian-regime position after a mortar shell landed near the security fence on the northern Golan Heights on Monday, the army announced.
The shell, which hit Israeli territory, is believed to be spillover from fighting across the border in Syria.
AN IDF M109 self-propelled 155 mm artillery fire (file) – Photo IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
In response, the IDF fired a precision artillery strike on a Syrian military position in the area from which the mortar was fired. Continue Reading »
When the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the Golan Heights became tense with a growing number of rockets & mortar rounds, mostly stray, hitting the Israeli side, prompting the IDF to respond.
The Israeli Defense Forces on Monday carried out a strike in the Syrian Golan Heights in retaliation to mortar fire that landed on the Israeli side of the border, the IDF said in a statement.
A picture taken in January shows the Nimrod Fortress in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – Photo: JALAA MAREY/AFP
Earlier in the day a mortar shell landed in an open area near the security fence in the central Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
Syrian media reports of heavy fighting early Thursday morning involving Hezbollah fighters against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in two villages of Aleppo’s southern suburbs.
By MAAYAN GROISMAN
The first signs of a rift between Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, which have been cooperating over the past five years in the Syrian civil war, reportedly began emerging amid heavy fighting against rebel factions in Aleppo.
Lebanese Hezbollah supporters march during a religious procession in Nabatieh. – Photo: REUTERS
According to the Syrian news site, Syrian Mirror, heavy clashes broke out between the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah fighters early Thursday morning in two villages in Aleppo’s southern suburbs. Continue Reading »
Israel Air Force responded to earlier rocket attack with successful night-time air strikes on Assad’s military.
The Israel Air Force (IAF) struck Syrian army artillery targets late on Tuesday night in response to an earlier rocket attack carried out on the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon.
F15 I,’Ra’am’ (‘Thunder’) A multipurpose long-range fighter jet, mainly used for attack and interception strikes. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
“The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible for what occurs in its territory, and will act at any time and any way it sees fit to protect the citizens of Israel,” the IDF said. Continue Reading »
Opposition activists reported air raids in the southern province of Deraa, Syria, that killed at least two people, the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star reported on Saturday.
Israeli Syrian border in the Golan Heights – Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner
The Syrian army had launched an aerial offensive in southern Syria near the border with Israel’s Golan Heights on Friday.
Concurrently, unidentified opposition activists said rebel fighters are preparing for a new campaign that will begin in Deraa and push toward Damascus. Continue Reading »