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Jakarta Post

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria

  • Zaid Sabah


Washington, United States   /   Mon, January 21, 2019   /   12:40 pm
Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria Smoke billows after bombings in the Deir Ezzor province as a vehicle of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stops in Hajin, in the Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria, on December 15, 2018. Kurdish-led forces seized the Islamic State's main hub of Hajin on December 14, a milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate the jihadists from eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by IS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)

Israel has begun attacking Iranian targets in Syria and has issued a warning to Syria against any reaction.

"We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory. We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory," Israel Defense Forces said in a post on its Twitter feed.

Syria’s air defense is dealing with enemy targets and has shot down several of them, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency separately reported. Explosions have been heard above Syria’s capital Damascus, according to SANA.

The "Israeli enemy dealt a heavy strike," according to SANA, through successive waves of guided missiles. "Our air defenses immediately dealt with the situation and intercepted the hostile missiles and destroyed most of them before reaching their goals," the news service reported. It’s shot down dozens of Israeli missiles and is continuing to deal with them, according to the report.

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