Israel launches series of retaliatory airstrikes at Iranian interests in Syria

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:01 AM PT — Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doubling down on his support for airstrikes targeting Iranian military interests in Syria.

Netanyahu said Israel was forced to launch a series of strikes on Monday in response to Iran firing a missile at Golan Heights over the weekend. Israel’s strike targeted Iranian intelligence sites as well as stockpiles of ammunition and weapons housed near Damascus.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows missiles flying into the sky near international airport, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. In a very unusual move, the Israeli military has issued a statement saying it is attacking Iranian military targets in Syria. It is also warning Syrian authorities not to retaliate against Israel. (SANA via AP)

Netanyahu has described Iran as the greatest threat to the world, and said Israel will continue to defend itself from Iran’s state-sponsored acts of terrorism.

“We will not ignore such acts of aggression as Iran attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and gives explicit statements by Iran that it intends to destroy Israel,” stated the Israeli Prime Minister. “We are operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression — we will strike at anyone who tries to harm us, whoever threatens to eliminate us, bears full responsibility.”

Israel was forced to temporarily close a popular ski resort near the Syrian border in Golan Heights in response to the attack. That resort is expected to reopen late Tuesday.

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