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Israeli Air Strikes in Syria Follow Border Incident
An Israeli F-16 performs during an air show on Independence Day in 2019. F-16s are often called on to carry out airstrikes in such places as Syria and the Gaza Strip. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Air Strikes in Syria Follow Border Incident

The Israeli Air Force early Wednesday launched air strikes against several Syrian and Iranian military posts in eastern Syria, responding to a Tuesday incident in which anti-personnel mines were found on an Israeli patrol road near the border. In a rare move, Jerusalem immediately claimed responsibility for the airstrikes, noting it had bombed army bases near Damascus belonging to the Iranian Quds forces and a battery of ground-to-air missiles. The state-controlled Syrian Arab News Agency acknowledged the attack and reported that three soldiers had been killed, while a Syrian opposition group claimed at least 10 dead. The Israeli military spokesman explained that Israel would not tolerate attempts to ambush its troops near the border. “We witnessed a similar incident in August, when our forces managed to stop a cell on its way to placing bombing devices,” the spokesman said Wednesday, adding that Tuesday’s discovery of the landmines was “proof that the other side didn’t get the message.”

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