11 killed in Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria

22 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

11 killed in Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria

JERUSALEM: Israel struck what it said were Iranian targets in Syria early Monday in response to rocket fire it blamed on Iran, sparking concerns of an escalation after a monitor reported 11 fighters killed, reports AFP.

Israel openly claimed responsibility for the strikes against facilities it said belonged to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, continuing its recent practice of speaking more openly about such raids.

It said the strikes were in response to a surface-to-surface rocket the Quds Force fired from Syria at the Golan Heights on Sunday, which Israeli air defences intercepted.

“Yesterday, Iranian Quds forces operating in Syrian territory launched a surface-to-surface rocket from Syrian territory aimed at the northern Golan Heights,” the Israeli military said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a suicide car bomb attack on a military convoy in northeastern Syria Monday killed five members of a Kurdish-led force accompanying US troops in an anti-jihadist coalition, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five fighters from the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were killed in the attack, which occurred on a road in Hasakeh province.

“A suicide attacker driving a bomb-laden car targeted a convoy of American forces accompanied by the SDF on the Hasakeh-Shadadi road,” the Observatory said.