Monitor: 12 of 21 Killed in Israeli Strikes Were Iranian Fighters

24 January, 2019, 02:00 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Ben Gurion Airport

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) shared a video on Twitter on Sunday that appears to show the Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepting an incoming rocket over the heads of skiers at the Mount Hermon ski resort in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Israel's military claimed that its Iron Dome interceptor system had managed to shoot down a rocket, which it said was sacked by Iranian forces in Syria at the northern part of the Golan Heights on Sunday.

The death toll from Israel's latest bombardment of military targets in Syria rose from 11 to 21, a war monitor said on Tuesday, adding that most of those killed were Iranian.

According to the report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, six of those killed in the attack were Syrian soldiers and militiamen and the rest were "foreigners".

The recent Israeli missile strike on Syria has sparked many debates in Russian media due to widespread criticism of the ineffectiveness of Russian-manufactured air defences, which are now deployed in Syria.

Moscow holds Israel responsible for the downing of one of its planes in September 2018, when it was hit by a Syrian anti-aircraft missile during an Israeli airstrike. "We are operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression - we will strike at anyone who tries to harm us, whoever threatens to eliminate us, bears full responsibility".

The soldiers were members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. "The attack was an Iranian attempt to strike at Israel".

The foreign affairs ministry also denied the presence of Iran military bases in Syria, stipulating that its presence in the war-torn country was only for consulting purposes. The missile was launched "by Iranian troops, not by proxies, not by Shiite militias, not by Syrian troops, but Iranian troops with an Iranian missile", Conricus said.

The strikes have long caused friction between Israel and Russian Federation, which apart from Iran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's other major foreign backer.

At this point, the recent developments along with the USA decision brings about the question of whether Israel may become more aggressive and envisage going into an all-out-war with Iran in Syria. Iran's air force chief Brig. Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh said in remarks made during an interview with a state-owned media site.



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