The strikes killed three Syrian navy personnel and injured one, in accordance with Syria’s state-sun SANA information company, which mentioned that air defenses had intercepted an “Israeli aggression.”
Israel Protection Forces (IDF) spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus mentioned the navy struck eight targets in Syria belonging to the nation’s navy and the Quds Pressure, a department of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. The targets have been all located within the space between the Israeli frontier and the periphery of Damascus.
Conricus mentioned the timing of the strikes was unrelated to the arrival in Israel of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later Wednesday. As a part of his go to, Pompeo is anticipated on Thursday to go to the Golan Heights, nonetheless thought of occupied Syrian territory by many of the worldwide group, though the US acknowledged Israeli sovereignty over the territory final yr.
Amongst areas hit have been a navy website on the airport in Damascus, used as an Iranian headquarters in Syria and a secret navy website, which hosted senior Iranian delegations, Conricus mentioned. The IDF additionally struck superior surface-to-air missile batteries after they fired on Israeli plane, Conricus mentioned.
The strikes have been carried out in retaliation for the location of three improvised explosive gadgets (IEDs) within the Golan Heights. The IEDs — claymore anti-personnel prices — have been positioned by native Syrian forces on the instruction of the Quds Pressure, Conricus mentioned.
The IEDs have been found outdoors Israel’s safety barrier however contained in the Alpha line, which demarcates the UN-recognized buffer zone between Israeli territory and Syria.
The gadgets had been positioned there “in current weeks,” Conricus mentioned, including that numerous intelligence sources had indicated the Quds Pressure would attempt to place explosives there.
An IDF search found the explosives Tuesday morning. The situation of the IEDs is near the place forces in Syria had tried to position explosives alongside the safety fence in early-August.