by: Kate Norman
Thursday, 14 October 2021 | The Israeli military reportedly struck targets in central Syria on Wednesday night, killing one Syrian soldier and wounding three others, state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
The Israeli jets targeted telecommunications towers “and some adjacent positions” in Palmyra (central Syria), according to SANA, causing “material damage to the area.” The planes approached from the south—specifically the al-Tanf region, which lies near Syria’s border with Jordan and Iraq.
The United States has a base in al-Tanf, a region controlled by the Syrian opposition.
Israel, as usual, did not comment on its alleged involvement in the strikes. The only time the Jewish state acknowledges cross-border activity is in response to attacks from Syria.
This is the second attack in Syria within a week attributed to Israel.
Israeli planes also allegedly targeted the T4 airport in Homs—close to Palmyra—last Friday night, SANA reported. According to the agency, the Syrian army “downed most of the hostile rockets,” a claim often dismissed as an empty attempt to save face.
Six Syrian soldiers were injured in that strike, SANA reported.
The specific target at the airport was unclear, but satellite imagery captured and published by Sentinel Hub shows the T4 runway before and after the strikes.
Aurora Intel, an independent news source for Twitter, tweeted the satellite footage and noted that “at least 3 Air Defense positions and the runway (and whatever may or may not have been on the runway)” were targeted.
Though Israel officially offers no comment on its involvement in such strikes, leaders from the Jewish state have acknowledged over the years that Israel has conducted at least hundreds of strikes in Syria since the beginning of the Syrian Civil war in 2011.
The purpose of the strikes is to prevent Iran and its terrorist proxies—both of whom have used war-torn Syria as an opportunity—from entrenching on Israel’s doorstep.
And Iran is not happy with the pushback.
After Wednesday night’s strike, the Jerusalem Post reported that a joint operations room connected to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah and the Syrian regime threatened a “harsh response” to the alleged Israeli strike in a joint statement.
Posted on October 14, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 14, 2021)
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