Israel Attacks Iranian Targets in Syria

Sophie Jeffery, Staff Writer

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On Thursday, May 10, the Israeli military claimed it had launched large strikes against Iranian targets in Syria. The Israeli military holds Iran’s Qud Force, a special unit that is tied with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, responsible for the rocket attack. At least 23 people died in the attack – 5 Syrian soldiers and 18 allied militiamen (it is unknown where the militiamen are from). The targets hit included a Quds Force logistics headquarters, a military logistics compound in Kiswah, an Iranian military compound north of Damascus, munition storage warehouses of the Quds Force at the Damascus International Airport, intelligence systems and posts associated with the Quds Force, observation and military posts and munitions in the buffer zone. It was stated that the attacks followed an Iranian volley of rocket salvos that had been aimed at Israeli positions in Golan Heights, Syria, in which, fortunately, there were no casualties.

White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, claims that Israel had the right to attack the Iranian targets as a form of self-defense.“The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East,” she continued. It is believed that the short time difference between the United State’s withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and the attacks were too coincidental. In fact, as soon as the United States had announced its withdrawal from the deal, the Israelis on Golan Heights were told to open up their bomb shelters, a clear indication that they no longer felt safe from Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel’s strikes had been Israel’s largest intervention in Syria in decades, and people are concerned. One Syrian Ministry Official commented that Israel had entered a “new phase of aggression.” In response, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus of the Israeli military reassured that “this was by far the largest strike we have done, but it was focused on Iranian sites.” He makes it clear that Israel’s biggest conflict is with Iran, and that the country does not intend to harm Syria. Israeli army spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Menalis, claimed that Israel could potentially inflict more damage if necessary, boasting that “what we did tonight is only the tip of the iceberg of the Israeli army’s capability.”

Israel and Iran have had tensions with each other for a while, as Israel attempts to keep Iranian people and forces out of Syria, and has taken up on attacking Iranian targets in Syria to achieve those goals. Israel is also trying got attain support from Russia and the United Stats for its efforts against Iran. In fact, just a few days earlier on Tuesday, May 8, Israel had attacked other Iranian targets after suspecting that Iran was involved in questionable military behavior. Iran has not denied any of these claims, but Iran’s defense minister, Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami, has actually stated that Iran will continue to develop its missile weapons.

Although hostilities between Israel and Iran continue to rise as Israel attacks Iranian targets and Iran develops its missile weapons, hopefully the two countries can cease tightening the tension between each other, and to move their attacks away from Syria. Civilians are constantly remarking on how stressful it is to hear air raid sirens, and even a conflict between two countries can have a toll on the rest of the world.