15:13 GMT25 January 2020
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    An Israeli journalist has shared an old video on his Twitter account, claiming that it was the footage of Israel's recent airstrikes on the Syrian capital of Damascus that thwarted an alleged Iranian plan to attack the Jewish state.

    Since the Israel Defence Forces confirmed it had conducted an air raid on Syria on Saturday night, Israeli journalist Shimon Aran tweeted a video claiming to show the missiles successfully reaching their supposed "Iranian" targets on the outskirts of Damascus. 

    Echoing the IDF statement, Aran wrote that the raid foiled a "terrorist operation" allegedly planned by the Iranian Quds Force and Shiite militias against Israeli targets involving armed drones.

    However, the footage, which was quickly picked up by various media outlets, appeared to be taken in 2018 during an earlier Israeli attack on Syria.

    The observation was made by social media users, who found the original video online, but Aran hasn't deleted the tweet so far.

    The Israel Defence Forces tweeted on Saturday night that they had hit alleged "Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militia targets" in Syria to prevent what they claimed was a "pending, large-scale attack of multiple killer drones" on Israel.

    The claim was disputed by IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohsen Rezaei, who said that "Israel and the United States do not have the power to attack Iran's various centres, and our (military) advisory centres have not been harmed".

    Israeli authorities previously acknowledged that the military had conducted hundreds of airstrikes against Syria over the past several years in order to counter what they claim was "Iran's entrenchment" in the region and its alleged military presence in the neighbouring Arab Republic. Tehran has repeatedly stated that it's only been sending advisers to Syria to help fight terrorist groups.

    Syria, targets, Iran, IDF, airstrikes, Israel
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