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In Rare Move, Israel Releases Footage of Strike in Syria 

November 19, 2020
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The Israel Air Force struck Iranian targets in Syria in the early hours of Wednesday morning. (illustrative)

Thursday, 19 November 2020 | In a rare move, the Israeli military released footage from the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] attack on eight Syrian and Iranian military targets in southern Syria, which took place overnight [on Wednesday].

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, several Iranian nationals were among 10 people killed in the attack, which the IDF said was conducted in response to explosives planted a day earlier on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights, close to the border.

Israel does not tend to claim responsibility for such attacks as part of its years-long policy in the region, making the decision to release the footage recorded by the war jets highly unusual.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement following the publication of the video, saying Israel will not allow Iranian military entrenchment in the region.

“Early in the morning, the Israel Air Force attacked important targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force in Syria, as well as the Syrian army,” he said in a recorded video message.

“We will not allow the Iranian military to establish itself in Syria, nor will we allow any attempt to attack us from Syrian territory. Whoever attacks us, has a target on his head.”

In a statement, the IDF said its planes targeted the Syrian army and Iran’s Quds Force, hitting storage facilities, military compounds and Syrian surface-to-air missile batteries.

“This was a powerful strike,” IDF spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said. “We attacked targets near the border and all the way to the Damascus area, including a central command center of the Iranian forces deployed near the capital’s airport and a secret compound which houses high-level Iranian visitors, just south of the city.”

Zilberman said the attack on the compound was to send a direct message, and that Israel was ready for any retaliation.

Posted on November 19, 2020

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on November 18, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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