On Thursday, Israel claimed that it hit almost all the infrastructure of Iran in Syria during the launched air-strikes in response to the rocket attack on its troops in the occupied Golan Heights whose blame was placed on Iran.
This suspected Iranian barrage right after midnight and widespread response seemed to be the most serious confrontation between these two foes who have been warning of war for the longest time.
Once confirmed, this is going to be the first time ever that Iran fired direct rockets on the Israeli forces in conflict, which, for many years, was fighting through proxies like Hezbollah, a Lebanese group.
The response of Israel was considered to be the most significant strike done in Syria ever since the Yom Kippur war in 1973. This follows a shadow war that lasted for months wherein Israel was accused of the constant strikes in Syria, with the latest being the one on Tuesday night.
The military said that they attacked numerous targets including logistic sites, intelligence centers, and weapons storage that the Iranian forces were using. Israel also launched other airstrikes around Syria since the start of civil war in 2011, although to date, the most intense was the recent overnight raids.
On Thursday, Avigdor Lieberman, the defense minister of Israel, said during a security conference that they hit the majority of Iranian infrastructure around Syria. He added that they have to take note of the saying that if it rains on Israel, it will storm on Iran.
Lieberman also added that he hopes that the episode has come to an end and everyone grasped what it means. He said that while they are not after an escalation, they will not stand on the bylines as someone attacks them or builds an infrastructure that will be used to attack them in the future. He also revealed that Iran has been trying to bring their anti-aircraft systems near the Israeli border.
The military of Israel said that the wide-scale attack also included the Iranian Quds forces’ headquarters, and the military compounds on the east, north, and south of Damascus, which included a munition warehouse located at the international airport of the capital.
Military and observation posts close to the occupied Golan Heights were hit as well, while the air defense of Syria engaged the anti-air batteries for incepting the Israeli missiles.
Early on Thursday, the Twitter account of Israeli military in the Arabic language revealed that it was already moving against the Iranian targets situated in Syria, with a warning to Damascus to refrain from intervening.
The capital of Syria shook with the explosions with jets flying overhead just before dawn. Residents also posted videos online of what looked like the missiles of the air defense that run bright streaks across the night sky. They also reported that loud sounds rocked the buildings in the area.
State news in Syria revealed that Damascus intercepted many of the missiles, but some already hit radar as well as other military posts.