Israeli Airstrikes on Syria

On Sunday night, the Israeli air force (IAF) carried out one of its largest missions against Iran- and Hezbollah-related targets in Syria to date.

According to Syrian and Lebanese media IAF warplanes launched a large number of air to surface missiles at targets in the town of Kisweh, which houses the headquarters of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Sahnaya a Damascus suburb, and the port town of Tartus which is home to a Russian naval base and a port leased by the IRGC.

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IAF action in Syria part of escalating war with Iran

On Sunday night, the Israeli air force (IAF) carried out one of its largest missions against Iran- and Hezbollah-related targets in Syria to date.

According to Syrian and Lebanese media IAF warplanes launched a large number of air to surface missiles at targets in the town of Kisweh, which houses the headquarters of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Sahnaya a Damascus suburb, and the port town of Tartus which is home to a Russian naval base and a port leased by the IRGC.

Six cruise missiles were furthermore fired from the Mediterranean Sea while Syrian air defenses launched at least 13 missiles towards the incoming Israeli projectiles.

One of these Syrian missiles apparently went astray and exploded in Turkey-occupied northern Cyprus causing a blaze but no injuries or damage.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights initially claimed 4 Syrians were killed and scores of others wounded during the Israeli airstrikes. The death toll later climbed to 16 according to Syrian media.

The 91st military division base of the IRGC in Damascus was one of the targets hit while the Jamraya Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), which was used for the development of chemical weapons, was another one.

The IAF also targeted a watchtower used by Hezbollah in the town of Tell al-Hara a strategic point overlooking the Golan Heights according to Syrian observers.

This was the second time in a month the Israeli military bombed Tell al-Hara which is one of approx. 20 lookouts from where Hezbollah and the Syrian army follow the movements of the IDF.

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