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Israel military says strikes Syria army targets

By AFP - Jan 31,2024 - Last updated at Jan 31,2024

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — The Israeli forces said on Wednesday its warplanes struck Syrian army infrastructure overnight in response to rocket fire from the country.

"Last night, a number of launches from Syria toward the southern Golan Heights were identified," Israeli forces said in a statement, fighter jets in response struck military infrastructure belonging to the Syrian army in Daraa, the birthplace of Syria's 2011 upriaisng.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

The Israeli occupation forces rarely comments on individual strikes in Syria but has said repeatedly it will not allow Iran. Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes during more than a decade of civil war in Syria, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces as well as Syrian army positions.

On Monday, Israeli strikes in Syria killed eight people, including pro-Iran fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

Violence has also flared on the Israel-Lebanon border, with near daily exchanges of fire between Israel and Hamas’s Iran-backed ally Hizbollah.

On Wednesday, the Israeli forces said its artillery fired at several locations in southern Lebanon, without providing details.

More than 200 people, most of them Hizbollah fighters, have been killed by Israeli fire in Lebanon since October 7, according to an AFP tally. 

On the Israeli side of the border, nine soldiers and six civilians have been killed, according to Israeli officials. 

 

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