by: Kate Norman
Friday, 11 September 2020 | Syrian media reported more overnight air strikes near Aleppo in northeastern Syria, blaming the strikes on Israel.
State-affiliated SANA news agency did not comment on any damage done and said the Syrian army intercepted most of the incoming missiles—a frequent claim that is most often dismissed as the regime’s attempt to save face.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the Israeli missiles struck an area where defense factories and “Iranian-backed militias” are located. The war monitor had no information on any material damage or casualties, however.
Israel is keeping with its policy of not commenting on its involvement in cross-border strikes. However, Israeli leaders have acknowledged conducting strikes in Syria since 2011, when the Syrian Civil War began, in an attempt to prevent Iran and its terror proxies, mainly Lebanese-based Hezbollah, from entrenching in the region. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has reportedly struck weapons shipments from Iran bound for the Hezbollah terror group as well as other terror targets in the region—all tracing back to Tehran.
This is the latest alleged Israeli attack in a string that resumed on August 31, when the IDF reportedly struck Hezbollah sites in southern Syria, killing anywhere from two to sixteen militants, based on conflicting local reports.
Previous to that, Israel had not launched any strikes in Syria since a July 20 strike that killed a Hezbollah fighter, prompting the terror group to vow revenge against the Jewish state. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah reportedly demanded that an Israeli soldier be killed to even the score.
Since then, the military has beefed up its presence and alertness along Israel’s northern border, but the IDF has resumed periodic strikes on terror targets in Syria over the past few weeks.
Posted on September 11, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 11, 2020)
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