Netanyahu Confirms Israeli Airstrikes in Syria over the Weekend

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said: “Just in the last 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons at the Damascus international airport”

Prime Minister Netanyahu ‏during his weekly cabinet meeting, Jan. 13, 2019 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Sunday morning that Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks against Iranian and Hezbollah targets, confirming reports of an Israeli airstrike in Damascus on Friday night.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said the IAF attacked Iranian arms depots at the Damascus International Airport in Syria over the weekend.

“Just in the last 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons at the Damascus international airport. The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against,” the prime minister said.

In an interview to the New York Times, outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot confirmed for the first time that Israel carried out “thousands” of attacks against Iranian targets in Syria.

The Syrian state news agency (SANA) said on Friday that Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defenses that shot most of them down. 

“The results of the aggression so far were limited to a strike on one of the warehouses at Damascus airport,” SANA cited a military source as saying. The attack took place at 11:15 pm, it said, adding that the jets attacked from the Galilee in northern Israel. It caused damage but no casualties, the report said.

Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said the attack was broader than usual, targeting areas ranging from the eastern Damascus suburb of Dmeir to Kiswa south of capital all the way to the village of Dimas in the west near the Lebanon border.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said airstrikes targeted an area near the airport while others hit the area of Kiswa, which is home to positions and storage sites for Iranian and Hezbollah forces allied with Syria's government.

 

[Source: Haaretz]

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