In Rare Move, Israeli Tank Reportedly Shells Syrian Border Town Of Quneitra
In a rare move, an Israeli tank reportedly shelled Syrian government positions in the town of Quneitra, located in the Golan Heights less than a mile away from the shared border. While the purpose of the fire remains unknown, the formerly rebel-held village was recaptured by forces loyal to the Assad regime in July 2018 during a major offensive to retake southern parts of the war-torn country. Speculation is rampant given the Israel Defense Forces in 2015 launched a major aerial attack in the area that killed Jihad Mugniyeh—in addition to numerous high-ranking Iranian soldiers—the son of infamous Hizbullah military commander Imad Mughniyeh who likewise was assassinated in a 2008 car bombing in Damascus attributed to the Mossad. Israel repeatedly has vowed to prevent Tehran and its Shiite proxies from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria, especially close to the frontier, and has carried out thousands of strikes targeting Iranian assets as well as weapons convoys destined for Hizbullah in Lebanon. Monday’s late-afternoon operation came after a top Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps official threatened to raze Israeli population centers should the United States ever attack Iran. In response, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asserted, “If this [Iranian] regime makes the terrible mistake and tries to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa it will not succeed, but it will be the last Revolution Day that they will celebrate.” Hundreds of thousands of Iranians on Monday marched through major cities while burning American flags and chanting “Death to Israel” to mark the 40th anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah and the Ayatollah’s rise to power.