Israel carried out a massive strike against Iranian targets in Syria Wednesday night, Arab media reported. Seven Iranians were killed, according to reports.
By Aryeh Savir, TPS
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday night carried out a massive strike against Iranian military targets inside Syria, killing at least seven people from Iranian forces and their supporting militias, Arab media sources say.
Syria’s state SANA reported that the Syrian air defense “confronted an Israeli air aggression” and “downed a number of the hostile missiles” which targeted “some sites in the industrial region” in the northeastern Aleppo region.
The Syrian news agency said 70 percent of the missiles allegedly launched by Israel were intercepted.
That report claimed that the damage caused by the attack was “restricted to materials only.”
However, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has assets inside Syria, reported that explosions “rocked” the area of Aleppo International Airport as the IAF targeted “ammunition warehouses affiliated to the Iranian forces.”
SOHR reported at least seven people were killed in the strike belonging to Iranian forces.
Although Israel has not officially commented on the attack, Minister of Intelligence and Acting Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said in an interview, “According to what the Iranians know, it is Israel who attacked.”
Iran’s military build-up in Syria remains a red line for Israel. The IAF has carried out thousands of attacks to thwart the Iranian entrenchment in the wartorn country.
Iran uses its positions in Syria to transfer weapons and infrastructure to its terror proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, while attempting to establish another military front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights.