Israel Launches Airstrike On Syrian Border To “Neutralize” Imminent Attack
On Sunday, Israeli military said it conducted an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting bomb-carrying terrorists in Israeli-held Golan Heights.
The missile strike came as a response to “a group of terrorists” that had crossed the border and infiltrated into the territory occupied by Israel. The airstrike, the Israeli military further said, “targeted the squad, preventing the attack.”
A spokesperson from the Israel Defense Forces said that the threat was “neutralized” by Israel’s air force.
Terrorists armed w/ explosives along Israeli-Syrian border were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force neutralized threat.Like us on Facebook
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 26, 2015
The responsibility of the attacks from the Syrian side wasn’t claimed by anybody.
According to Yahoo News, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the airstrike killed four Syrian soldiers. However, it could not be confirmed whether the source of the missile strike was a plane or a vehicle.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter, “Any attempt to harm our soldiers or civilians will be met with a determined response like the IDF operation from tonight, which thwarted an attempted attack.
“I wish to praise the alertness of our soldiers, who acted quickly and precisely.”
According to USA Today, this isn’t the first time Syria tried to infiltrate into Israeli-occupied territory. A Syrian fighter jet was attacked and shot down after it entered the airspace over Golan Heights, which Israel had taken over from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
Another drone was spotted in August flying into the same airspace from Syria, and was subsequently shot down.
Although Israel has kept away from the civil war in Syria, it has warned the possibility of military action should Syria continue providing arms and sophisticated weapons to Hezbollah, a Shiite Islamist militant faction based in Lebanon.
Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defense minister, was quoted by The New York Times in a speech at Israel’s military headquarters in Tel Aviv, saying, “Iran continues to try to arm Hezbollah, even now, and aspires to equip the Lebanese terrorist organization with advanced and accurate weaponry.
“We will not allow the transfer of quality weapons to terrorist organizations, first among them Hezbollah, and we know how to reach it and those behind it anytime, anywhere.”
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