Syrian air defense batteries respond to Israeli airstrikes on military targets on the southern outskirts of Damascus, Syria early on Nov. 20, 2019. (JTA/AFP via Getty Images)
Syrian air defense batteries respond to Israeli airstrikes on military targets on the southern outskirts of Damascus, Syria early on Nov. 20, 2019. (JTA/AFP via Getty Images)

Israel attacks dozens of military targets in Syria

Israeli fighter jets attacked dozens of military targets in Syria belonging to Iran and the Syrian army.

The attack early Wednesday came in response to rockets fired from Syria at northern Israel the previous morning, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

The four rockets targeting Israel are believed to have been fired by Iran or on its orders. They were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

In retaliatory strikes, Israel hit military bases and weapons warehouses in Syrian territory belonging to the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as several Syrian air defense batteries, the IDF said.

“We hold the Syrian regime responsible for the actions that take place in Syrian territory and warn them against allowing further attacks against Israel. We will continue operating firmly and for as long as necessary against the Iranian entrenchment in Syria,” the IDF said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 11 people killed in the Israeli strikes, including seven believed to be Iranian.

SANA, the Syrian Arab News Agency, reported that two civilians were killed when an Israeli missile hit a private home in a town outside Damascus.

“I have made it clear that whoever hurts us — we will hurt him,”  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “This is what we did overnight vis-à-vis military targets of the Iranian Al Quds force and Syrian military targets in Syria after a barrage of rockets was launched at Israel. We will continue to vigorously maintain the security of Israel.”

Marcy Oster
Marcy Oster

Israel-based JTA correspondent

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