UPDATED 7:45 AM PT — Monday, January 21, 2019
Israel recently conducted more airstrikes in Syria in a new effort to push back against Iranian forces in the region. Early Monday morning, Jerusalem announced it hit targets around Damascus for the second day in a row, killing at least 11 people including four Syrian soldiers.
Israel’s president said the latest round of strikes were a direct response to a surface-to-surface rocket that Iranian forces fired toward Israel on Sunday.
“These attacks are clear evidence of the build up of the Iranian forces in Syria and across the region, we will not allow this to happen,” stated Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “The international community must understand that the build up of Iran’s forces in the Middle East could lead the region into escalation.”
Iranian news agencies said the country’s military forces are impatient to fight and destroy Israel.
The arch enemies may be headed closer to conflict in Syria as U.S. forces withdraw from the region.