Israel hits Iranian and Syrian targets

He added that the recent Israeli airstrike had targeted not just Iranian forces allegedly stationed in Syria, but also the Arab Republic's contingency supporting them.

The soldiers were members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Following a weekend that saw Israel retaliate for an Iranian attack on the Golan Heights, Iran's air force chief said that his forces were ready to fight a war culminating in "Israel's disappearance", The Times of Israel reported Monday.

The military framed the raids as a response to a rocket that Israel's air defence system intercepted over the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday. Israel usually neither confirms nor denies these strikes.

The medium-range missile that was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system over the Hermon Ski Resort on Sunday was Iranian-made, the army stated. There were no casualties but Israeli army officials said if it had landed it could have killed dozens of people. It is also warning Syrian authorities not to retaliate against Israel.

FILE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Israeli Air Force pilots' graduation ceremony at Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, Dec. 26, 2018.

Israel has repeatedly attacked what it describes as Iranian targets in Syria and those of allied militia, including Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Earlier this week, Israel carried out a series of airstrikes against Iranian military targets near Damascus.

A Britain-based war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the missile strikes in and around Damascus hit apparent weapons depots of Iranian forces and Hizballah.

"The success of this test is a major step with regards to operational capacities of the state of Israel, and its ability to defend itself against existing and future regional threats", the Israeli Defence Ministry said in a statement. But now neither side appears willing to intervene, especially after President Donald Trump announced he is pulling all American troops out of Syria.

FILE - An Arrow 3 anti-missile interceptor, jointly developed by the Israeli and USA governments, is test-fired from central Israel on February 19, 2018. The images show the state of three targets, JY-27 radar, Pantsir (SA-22) air defence system and an airport warehouse, on 18 and 22 January for comparison.

"This is meant to work against Iranian missiles than can fly for thousands of miles", said Rubin.

  • Rogelio Becker