Israel strikes Syrian army bases after attack on Golan Heights

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Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on patrol in the Golan Heights


An Israeli plane struck Syrian military targets on Monday, the IDF confirmed in a rare statement.

Syrian state media acknowledged the strikes, reporting unspecified “property damage” to military outposts near the capital Damascus.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it was retaliation for an attempted bombing.

The IDF earlier said it killed four men by planting explosives near the Israeli-occupied area of ​​the Golan Heights on Sunday evening.

Surveillance footage showed the group engulfed in an explosion.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said it was too early to say whether the men belonged to a specific organization, but that Israel held “the Syrian regime to account”.

Monday’s attack targeted “observation posts and intelligence gathering systems, anti-aircraft artillery installations, and command and control systems” at Syrian army bases in Qunaitra, said. the Israeli army.

“The IDF holds the Syrian government responsible for all activities on Syrian soil and will continue to operate with determination against any violation of Israeli sovereignty,” the statement added.

The official Syrian news agency Sana reported that the Syrian army activated its air defenses on Monday evening against “hostile targets” near the capital Damascus.

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Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dawn air raids on the town of Boukamal, near the Iraqi border in the northeast, killed 15 people.

Tensions have been mounting between their rivals Israel and Syria, especially along Israel’s northern border, since an apparent Israeli airstrike killed a Hezbollah fighter in Syria two weeks ago.

Israel had anticipated that the Iranian-backed Lebanese group would retaliate.

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