Netanyahu says Israel is acting against enemy in vicinity a day after alleged Israeli strike in Syria
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel works to prevent its enemies from establishing attack bases in its vicinity a day after Syria’s missile defense system reportedly intercepted a number of missiles fired by Israel at it’s southern border.
“We respond with attacks and force to every attack against us. But we are not only taking action after the fact, we are also denying the enemy capabilities before the fact. In a systematic and consistent way, we are working to prevent our enemy from establishing attack bases against us and in our vicinity,” Netanyahu said at a state memorial service for former Israeli President Ephraim Katz.
Syrian state news agency SANA reported overnight Tuesday that an Israeli attack was launched in the early hours of the morning against the Tall al-Hara sector near the Golan Heights.
The report did not specify the target of the raid. Britain-based war monitor The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the strikes had targeted positions of the Hezbollah Shiite movement in two locations.
“All the positions hit had the Lebanese Hezbollah there,” the Observatory said.
Netanyahu has warned Hezbollah and Iran repeatedly that their presence in Syria is unacceptable to Israel and that the Israeli army will respond forcefully to any threats.
Israel has admitted to carrying out hundreds of airstrikes against Hezbollah and Iranian targets in Syria since 2017.