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Israel Strikes Dozens of Iranian Targets in Syria

Country says it was retaliating for rocket attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 20, 2019 12:48 AM CST
An Israeli soldier directs a tank near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Height.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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(Newser) – The Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria in Wednesday, carrying out a "wide-scale" strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. The military said its fighter jets hit multiple targets belonging to the elite Quds force, including surface-to-air missiles, weapons warehouses, and military bases. After the Syrian military fired an air defense missile, the Israeli military said a number of Syrian aerial defense batteries were also destroyed. The strikes further burst into the open what’s been a long shadow war between Israel and its archenemy Iran, the AP reports. The two foes have increasingly clashed over what Israel says is Iran’s deeper presence along its borders.

"Yesterday’s Iranian attack towards Israel is further clear proof of the purpose of the Iranian entrenchment in Syria, which threatens Israeli security, regional stability, and the Syrian regime," the military said in a statement, adding that it would "continue operating firmly and resolutely” against Iran in Syria. Israel intercepted four rockets in the Golan Heights on Tuesday amid heightened tensions between Israel and Iranian proxies along its borders. Israel’s new hardline defense minister, Naftali Bennett, issued a firm statement. "The rules have changed: whoever fires on Israel during the day will not sleep at night," he said. "Our message to the leaders of Iran is simple: you are no longer immune. Any place you dispatch your tentacles, we will chop them off."

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