Israel says it struck over 200 Iran targets in Syria

Leroy Wright
September 8, 2018

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.

Foreign sources attributed this and a number of other attacks in Syria to Israel.

Shortly before the attack, Israel's military admitted that it had conducted raids against more than 200 Iranian and Hezbollah targets including military bases and advanced weapons shipments in Syria over the past year in an attempt to curb Iranian military entrenchment in the war-torn country.

The state agency stated that military air defenses were used to confront several rockets fired by Israeli planes near Hama.

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In the hours after the Israel Defence Forces' acknowledgement of attacks on Tuesday, Syria's official state-run SANA news agency reported that its military Defence systems intercepted several Israeli missiles, but also said that Israeli missiles struck several military targets in Tartous and Hama, killing one and injuring four. "The enemy missiles were dealt with and some of them were shot down".

"Only just now it was published - in the name of military sources, so I can quote it too - that in the last two years Israel has taken military action more than 200 times within Syria itself", Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told a conference hosted by the IDC Herzliya college on Tuesday.

Lebanon's Al-Mayadeen News said Israeli fighter planes released countermeasures against anti-aircraft fire "and withdrew towards the sea at the same time as the sounds of explosions were heard in Hama countryside". This is in contrast to Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's statement that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) could attack Iranian military targets in Iraq if they threatened the Jewish state. "That should be clear", Lieberman said.

Reuters reported over the weekend that Iran has been transferring missiles to Shia proxies in Iraq over the past few months and that it is building missile manufacturing facilities in Iraq and Syria.

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