Israel has been bombing Syria regularly since 2011. What is unusual is that they launch rockets from Syrian soil into Israeli territory. The army said on Sunday it had launched six projectiles from southern Syria to the Golan Heights in two operations several hours apart. Three of the projectiles reached their target and landed in this area occupied by Israel since 1967 without causing major damage. The Army immediately used artillery, drones and fighter aircraft against rocket launchers and other targets near Damascus. The Al Mayadeen channel reported that the Al Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad faction, were responsible for the attack.
Temperatures soar along Israel’s northern border in a week marked by the launch of 34 rockets from Lebanon. Shi’ite militia Hezbollah has distanced itself from an operation carried out by Hamas in response to police brutality at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, which suffered two attacks earlier in the week. The Israelis bombed southern Lebanon and Gaza, but there were no casualties. In both Lebanon and Syria, Palestinian groups appear as projectile launchers, but in such sensitive places they are unlikely to carry out operations like this behind Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, respectively. The big surprise so far is the moderation in the Israeli response, which in the past has been scathing in the face of actions of this type. Benjamin Netanyahu meets this threat in the north with a huge internal division, which last night brought together tens of thousands of people in Tel Aviv in protest.
Every week there are Israeli bombings in Syria, a country in which Iran has become one of Bashar Al Assad’s main allies. The Iranian regime, together with Russia, made it possible for Assad to survive twelve years of war and maintain power in Damascus. The Israelis neither confirm nor deny operations that hit targets linked to the Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah. The Jewish state insists that they will not allow their neighboring country to become an Iranian base, but the increase in military activity in recent weeks, with bombings of airports in Damascus and Aleppo, would indicate that the enemy is stepping up arms shipments.
In the last exchange of artillery there were no victims, but material damage. Israeli forces say they have destroyed Syrian rocket launch pads, radar systems and other artillery posts and say they will not allow “any attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty”.
For its part, the Government of Lebanon filed a complaint with the United Nations through a letter in which it condemns Israel’s attacks against its territory, in addition to blaming it for the escalation of tensions in the region, and called for keep calm in order to maintain stability.