Israel is said to have carried out a rocket attack on several targets on the outskirts of Quneitra in south-west Syria, near the Israeli-held Golan Heights where Hezbollah militias are suspected to be active. Hezbollah’s secretary general warned Tuesday that his movement was on alert after the IDF launched a large-scale exercise.
Israel carried out a rocket attack on several targets on the outskirts of Quneitra in southwestern Syria. The area is near Israel’s unlawfully occupied Golan Heights, and the attack marks the second such aggression against the war-ravaged country in two weeks, Press TV reports on Wednesday.
Syrian news agency SANA, citing a military source, reported that Israel used multiple surface-to-surface missiles to strike multiple targets on the outskirts of Quneitra early Wednesday. SANA said the attack caused material damage. However, there were no reports of immediate casualties.
A second Israeli attack, this time with artillery on the towns of Jubata al-Khashab and az-Zuhur, was later reported Wednesday morning, according to local reports. At least 15 shells were reportedly fired at Syrian Army observation points.
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The area was last attacked in August. Al Mayadeen reported at the time that the Israeli army had targeted a Hezbollah observation post and one belonging to the Syrian army in the attack. Leaflets were reportedly dropped in the area shortly after the August attack, warning locals not to cooperate with Hezbollah.
Israeli military operations in Syrian airspace, which is largely controlled by Russia, have recently continued as relations between Israel and Moscow have deteriorated in recent weeks.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned Tuesday that the movement has been on alert ever since the IDF launched a large-scale exercise. Nasrallah stated that he had received news that Israel was not interested in attacking Lebanon, but added that “we do not trust the Israeli enemy”. The almost month-long maneuver called “Fire Wagon” is intended to prepare the Israeli army for “intensive combat with various weapon systems and on various battlefields in the air, at sea, on land and in the cyber area,” the military said on Tuesday.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was received on a state visit to Iran at the weekend. Assad said in Tehran that strong Iran-Syria ties serve as a bulwark against US and Israeli influences in the Middle East. If the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, Syria will lean more heavily on Iran in the first place. Russia is said to have started withdrawing some of its troops from Syria to strengthen its forces in Ukraine, the Netherlands-based Moscow Times recently reported. The newspaper claimed that the now-vacated bases had been handed over to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, as well as to the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.
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