by: Kate Norman
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 | Israel launched a missile toward an empty building south of Damascus overnight Wednesday, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
The Israeli military allegedly launched two missiles from the Golan Heights around 12:45 a.m. this morning, SANA reported.
One of the two missiles was intercepted, SANA reported, and “no losses were reported.” This is a common claim by the regime in Damascus that is often dismissed as a hollow attempt to save face.
Israel did not comment on its involvement in the alleged attack, in keeping with its longstanding policy. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has in the past announced cross-border attacks in Syria, but only in response to Syrian attacks on Israel.
However, it is well-known—and has been acknowledged by Israeli leaders over the years—that the Jewish state has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria throughout the decade-long Syrian Civil War in order to prevent Iranian entrenchment in the region.
Iran frequently sends advanced weapons shipments through Syria to its terror proxies in the region, particularly the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization. Iran also backs and funds Hamas, the terrorist organization in control of the Gaza Strip.
This is at least the sixth alleged Israeli attack on Syria within the past month, showing an uptick in alleged Israeli strikes.
Most recently was an alleged strike in the evening hours of Monday, November 10, when the IDF reportedly struck multiple targets in Syria, including along the Mediterranean coast, western Syria and an airport near Homs.
The strikes targeted arms depots controlled by Tehran, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
Two Syrian soldiers were wounded in the Monday strikes, which also caused “material losses,” SANA reported.
“We currently see Iran’s policy both inside Iran vis-à-vis its nuclear program, and its strengthening outside Iran, and its influence in Syria and Lebanon,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said while observing an IDF exercise on Tuesday.
“The world needs to take action against Iran, and Israel needs to continue to do what it needs to on all fronts in general and on the northern front in particular,” Gantz added.
Posted on November 17, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 17, 2021)
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