Israel struck Iranian facility in Syria, PM Netanyahu says

Israel struck Iranian facility in Syria, PM Netanyahu says

At a weekly cabinet meeting earlier in the day, Netanyahu admitted that Israel had delivered airstrikes against Iranian targets at Damascus' worldwide airport over the past 36 hours.

The Syrian state news agency said Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles toward the Damascus area on Friday, triggering Syrian air defense that shut down majority.

Israel has previously carried out several bombings in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah.

"We have now exposed all attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israel", the Israel Defense Forces tweeted on Sunday.

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Syria on Friday claimed that Israel has filed multiple missiles towards Damascus which triggered Syrian air defences that shot down majority.

Israel has pledged to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where it is backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime alongside Russian Federation and Hezbollah.

The last such missile attack was carried out on December 25, 2018, during which the Israeli warplanes fired missiles on Syrian military depots in the western countryside of Damascus from inside the Lebanese airspace. It was the first Israeli jet to be downed since 1982 and Hezbollah championed it as the start of "a new strategic phase". "We will continue to monitor all activity by Hezbollah, and by Iran and its proxies". While they have at times traded blows within Syria - where Hezbollah has been helping Damascus beat back rebels - the Israel-Lebanon border has mostly been quiet. Israel rarely comments on its operations so Mr Netanyahu's admission is rare.

At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu publicly confirmed the strike as he thanked outgoing military chief Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot for long years of service and particularly his marshaling of Israel's shadowy campaign against Iran in recent years. In a New York Times interview published Friday, Eisenkot said that Israel "has struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit" as part of his showdown with Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force. In 2018 alone, he said Israel's air force dropped 2,000 bombs in Syria.

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