Israeli airstrikes hit bases of Syrian government and Iran near Damascus

Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Muhammad Ghaith 🕔 Publication Date: February 14, 2020, 10:19:56 AM wire MILITARY Israel

Rif Dimashq - SMART

On Thursday night, Israeli warplanes bombed bases of the Syrian government forces and Iranian Revolutionary Guards on the perimeter of Damascus. 

Local sources and activists reported to SMART that the Israeli airstrikes hit weapons depots on the perimeter of the Damascus Internationa Airport, and the 91st Brigade of the Syrian government forces' First Division in the al-Kiswah area, southern Damascus. 

Media outlets reported that the airstrikes occured hours after Iranian weapons cargo arrived at the Damascus International Airport. The media outlets added that the airstrikes hit rockets depots and Iranian training camps; howeve, the loss caused by the airstrikes remianed unknown. 

The Syrian government’s media reported that the Syrian Air Defense Force intercepted Israeli missiles over Damascus. 

The Israeli airstrikes came hours after the Iranian Foreign Ministry stated that Iran will respond forcefully to any Israeli action against its interests, whether in Iran, in Syria, or throughout the region.

On Feb. 5, 2020, Israeli warplanes bombed bases of the Syrian government and Iranian militias, causing casualties that the Syrian government denied. The Syrian government confirmed repelling the attack. 

On May 18, 2019, Israeli warplanes bombed Syrian government forces’ weapons depots near the Damascus International Airport, other depots in the Tal Kawkab area, and the Syrian government forces’ First Division that include Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ bases near al-Kiswah. The warplanes also bombed a logistic supply base of the Lebanese Hezbollah Militia in the al-Dimas area.  

Israel has bombed bases of the Syrian government forces and the Iranian-backed militias several times. On Jan. 15, 2019, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded Iran to leave Syria, saying that Israel is ready to launch a comprehensive war against Iran if necessary.

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Editing Ayham Nasif | Translation Muhammad Ghaith 🕔 Publication Date: February 14, 2020, 10:19:56 AM wire MILITARY Israel
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