Israeli air force in action in Syria
Israeli fighter planes bombed Hezbollah and Iranian infrastructure on a strategic Syrian hill overlooking the Golan.
By Aryeh Savir, TPS
Israeli fighter jet (AP/Ariel Schalit)
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) launched an attack of the Tel al Hara area in the Dara’a district in southern Syria, Syrian sources reported.
Syria’s official SANA news reported that the Israel attack occurred at about 1:30 am and that the damage was caused by the attack, but there were no casualties
Tel al-Hara is a strategic hill situated adjacent to the Israeli Golan Heights and overlooks it. The Tel al-Hara base controls the Daraa-Damascus road and is the center for all intelligence operations in the southern Syrian province. Israel has previously bombed Hezbollah and Iranian infrastructure under construction in the area.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has assets in the war-torn country, reported that the Syrian army’s air defense systems responded to the attack in south-western Rif Dimashq, Al-Quneitra and the western countryside of Dara’a. The targets hit were Syrian army positions and those of forces and militiamen loyal to the Syrian army, including “non-Syrian nationalities,” the SOHR reported.
The SOHR reported human as well as material losses. Israel has remained silent about this strike.
Strikes against targets in Syria reportedly carried out by Israel are meant to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons from Iran through Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, or to thwart Iran’s military buildup in the country, and especially on Syria’s border with Israel. Iran uses its positions in Syria to transfer weapons and infrastructure to its terror proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, while attempting to establish another military front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights.
The IDF in March announced that it had exposed a clandestine Hezbollah unit that was operating in southern Syria in the area reportedly attacked by Israel. The unit’s objective is establishing another front against Israel from the Golan Heights. The IDF published classified information about the “Golan File,” the name for the unit which is commanded by Ali Musa Daqduq, a senior operative in the Lebanon-based terrorist organization.
The purpose of the Hezbollah infrastructure is to act against Israel at a time of deterioration. The infrastructure is at its preliminary stages and has yet to reach the level needed for operational activity, and is still in the process of development and consolidation.