IDF Claims Struck 'Iranian Quds Force & Syrian Armed Forces Targets' in Syria

© AP Photo / UncreditedThis frame grab from a video provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows missiles flying into the sky near Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers, Syrian state media reported, saying that most of the missiles were shot down by air defense units.
This frame grab from a video provided by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows missiles flying into the sky near Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Israeli warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday, hitting an arms depot and wounding three soldiers, Syrian state media reported, saying that most of the missiles were shot down by air defense units. - Sputnik International
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Earlier on Wednesday, state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that explosions could be heard in the sky above the Syrian capital city of Damascus, as Syrian Air Defences responded to what it described as "Israeli aggression".

Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) stated it had stricken "Iranian Quds & Syrian Armed Forces targets" in Syria on Wednesday, saying that the attack was a response to Iran and Syria earlier placing "improvised explosive devices by the Alpha Line to hit Israeli troops".

"The attack damaged warehouses, headquarters and military complexes, as well as batteries of surface-to-air missiles", IDF said. "The unveiling of the cargo arena yesterday is further proof of Iran's long-standing establishment in Syria. The IDF considers the Syrian regime responsible for any action taken on its territory and will continue to act as necessary to eradicate the Iranian establishment in Syria, which poses a risk to security stability in the region".

Prior to the IDF statement, SANA reported on early Wednesday that explosions could be heard in the sky above Damascus. In a follow-up report, SANA said, citing a Syrian military source, that three soldiers were killed and one injured as a result of the attack.

"The aggression resulted in the death of three soldiers, the wounding of one soldier and some material losses", an unnamed Syrian military source told SANA.

According to SANA, rockets were launched from the southern region of "the occupied Syrian Golan Heights". 

This is not the first time when the IDF conducts airstrikes, targeting what it describes as Iranian-backed military objects in Syria and attacking Syrian army facilities. Earlier in autumn, the Israeli armed forces confirmed striking Syrian military targets on 21 September.

In August, Syrian Air Defences intercepted several Israeli rockets, according to SANA. The reported strike killed two Syrian soldiers and wounded seven others, SANA noted.

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