Israeli planes have attacked Iran-linked targets in Syria, killing three soldiers. This comes after Israel discovered roadside bombs along the border in the Golan Heights, with troops claiming the improvised explosive devices had been placed by a “Syrian squad led by Iranian forces”.
Military targets belonging to Iran’s elite Quds force and the Syrian military were struck, including “storage facilities, headquarters and military compounds”, as well as Syrian anti-aircraft missile batteries.
Later, Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said the strikes targeted the Iranian military headquarters in Syria at Damascus airport, a secret facility that hosts visiting Iranian military officers and the Syrian army’s 7th Division, which oversees the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
Syrian state media quoted an unnamed military official as saying the strikes killed three soldiers, wounded a fourth and caused material damage.
The report added Syrian air defences shot down some of the Israeli missiles before they hit their target.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit an air defence centre, posts and ammunition warehouses for Iranian-allied militias at Damascus airport and the surrounding area, and other targets to the south of the capital.
The observatory said a total of 10 people were killed, including at least five suspected Iranians, believed to be affiliated with the Quds Force.
Israel has launched hundreds of strikes against Iran-linked military targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.
Israel views Iran as its greatest threat and says it will not tolerate the establishment of a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria, specifically near its borders.