Israel reportedly carried out airstrikes on an Iranian military base outside of Damascus Friday night. The reports, which first surfaced from Arab media sources in Lebanon followed by Syria claim the strikes were carried out from Lebanese airspace targeting an Iranian military base in Al-Kiswa, not far from Damascus.
Israeli jets were reported to have fired air-to-surface missiles at the target, Syria’s air defense system firing missiles at the jets in retaliation.
The IDF and Israel’s Defense Ministry, typical with most covert operations in Syria, refused to comment on the reports.
The airstrikes follow the BBC’s reporting of the Iranian military base in Syria in September. The report included satellite images showing ongoing construction and expansion of the base over 2017.
Israel has been clear that the recent Russian, Turkish and Iranian deal on de-escalation zones in Syria does not meet Israel’s security demands and that the Jewish State will act, if needed, to defense herself. Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, recently stated on Iran’s efforts in Syria “We will not allow Iranian entrenchment in Syria, nor will we allow Syria to become a front line against the State of Israel.”
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, December 2, 2017, and reposted with permission.