UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Israeli army confirmed it had launched “large-scale” air strikes on military sites in Damascus on Wednesday in response to rocket fire from Syria into Israel the day before.
The Israeli army announced Tuesday that its air defenses intercepted four rockets fired from neighboring Syria, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Israeli side responded with raids on targets near Damascus.
But on Wednesday morning, the Israeli army announced in a tweet on its Twitter account on Wednesday morning that it launched a “large-scale” strike on sites of the Syrian regime and the Iranian Quds Force.
“Israeli warplanes carried out widespread attacks on military targets of the Iranian Quds Force and the Syrian armed forces in Syria, including surface-to-air missiles, military headquarters, warehouses and military bases,” the army said in a tweet.
The army deployed a map of six sites it bombed, mostly near the Syrian capital, and one near the Israeli border.
“A Syrian anti-aircraft missile was launched while targeting Syrian and Iranian terrorist sites despite clear warnings to refrain from doing so,” said the army, which rarely reports attacks on Syrian territory.
“As a result, a number of Syrian air defense batteries were destroyed,” he said.
– “Heavy attack” –
The Syrian official news agency (SANA) quoted a military source as saying that “at 1:20 pm (2320 GMT) Wednesday morning, Israeli warplanes targeted the vicinity of Damascus with a number of missiles.”
“Our air defense systems immediately responded to the heavy attack and managed to intercept hostile missiles and destroy most of them before reaching their targets.”
An AFP correspondent in Damascus on Tuesday night reported huge explosions in the capital.
The Israeli army did not say whether the Syrian missile had caused damage, but said in tweets on Twitter: “We hold the Syrian regime responsible for actions on Syrian territory and warn them of any further attacks on Israel.”
“We are ready for various scenarios and we will continue to act firmly as long as this is necessary against Iran’s fortification in Syria,” he said.
The Israeli army launched an operation against Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip last week. In conjunction with this campaign, the strike targeted the house of a leader of the movement, Akram al-Ajouri, resulting in the death of two people, including his son.
Syria has accused Israel of launching the attack, but the Jewish state has remained silent.
– After Gaza –
Clashes erupted in Gaza after the assassination of Israel Baha Abu al-Atta, a military leader of the Islamic Jihad movement, which responded by firing rockets towards Israel. The Israeli army said the group had fired about 450 rockets.
Israeli warplanes retaliated by launching dozens of airstrikes, particularly targeting Islamic Jihad positions, the army said.
But two days after the clashes began, eight members of one Palestinian family – a man, two women and five children – were killed in a strike in Deir al-Balah, in the south of the besieged enclave of about 2 million people.
The Israeli army initially said it had targeted a leader of the Islamic Jihad, but the armed Islamic movement said the man was “not a leader or a senior member of the Islamic Jihad” but “known in his area as someone affiliated with Islamic Jihad, but not a leader.”
The Israeli army opened an investigation into “unexpected” civilian casualties in the strike.
The escalation between the two sides killed 34 Palestinians and wounded 110 others, according to the Ministry of Health in the sector.
A truce was struck after efforts by Egypt and the United Nations to prevent a more serious escalation between the two sides.
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