Israel’s airforce hit targets in Syria that included Shiite militias and Iranian Quds forces preparing to attack Israel, the army said.
The Israeli attack thwarted plans to launch a number of armed drones, according to the army. Defensive and offensive capabilities were enhanced in the north following the attack, a spokesman said.
“Our forces act everywhere against Iranian aggression,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “I have directed our forces to be ready for any scenario. We will continue to take determined and responsible action against Iran and its proxies for Israel’s security.”
Israel sees the buildup of Iranian forces on its northern border as a significant threat and has struck arms convoys and other targets hundreds of times over the past few years, Netanyahu said in late June.
Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Cornicus said the Israel’s strike early Sunday had “significant impact” and that it holds the Iranian and Syrian regimes responsible for the attack planned against Israel. He added that “it is too early to say if the threat is no longer imminent.”
The Syrian Arab News Agency said Syrian air defenses intercepted what it called enemy objects over Damascus. Separately, Hezbollah said two Israeli drones crashed in the southern part of Beirut. The Israeli army declined to comment.
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