Monitor: 12 of 21 Killed in Israeli Strikes Were Iranian Fighters

April FrancisJan 24, 2019

Russian Federation is demanding that Israel end its "arbitrary" airstrikes on targets in Syria, two days after the Israeli Air Force struck a series of Iranian military and intelligence targets in response to a rocket strike on the Golan Heights.

Syria has stood by for years as Israel pounded what it says are Iranian backed military targets.

The Israel Defence Forces said they hit a number of Iranian Kurd military sites in Syria in response, including a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport in Syria on Monday.

Earlier this week, Israel carried out a series of airstrikes against Iranian military targets near Damascus.

Twenty-one military personnel were reported killed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the Israeli strikes. It's worth noting that Syria previously reported intercepting almost all inbound missiles during a USA -led strike against facilities tied to Bashar al Assad's use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

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The Israel Air Force also targeted Syrian air defense systems that shot at Israeli fighter jets, including a Russian-made Pansir S-1 battery, the army stated. "We are operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression - we will strike at anyone who tries to harm us, whoever threatens to eliminate us, bears full responsibility". "The attack was an Iranian attempt to strike at Israel". The missile was launched "by Iranian troops, not by proxies, not by Shiite militias, not by Syrian troops, but Iranian troops with an Iranian missile", Conricus said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describes the effort as an open-ended campaign to push back arch-foe Tehran.

Syria's ambassador to the UN on Tuesday told the world body that his nation (presumably with the help of its Iranian allies) would attack Ben Gurion International Airport if Israel didn't stop bombing targets in the war-torn country. It is also warning Syrian authorities not to retaliate against Israel.

At this point, the recent developments along with the US decision brings about the question of whether Israel may become more aggressive and envisage going into an all-out-war with Iran in Syria.

Iran's air force commander on Monday warned that his country ready to fight a war that would end in "Israel's disappearance". Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh said, according to Iranian media reports.

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