Israel to ‘continue’ carrying out raids in Syria - PM

Orient Net - Agencies 2017-03-18 12:07:00

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday that Israel’s latest airstrikes into Syria targeted weapons bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and that Israel would continue to carry out such raids.

Netanyahu’s statement came after Israeli warplanes struck several targets within Assad regime’s areas, and Assad regime fired missiles back in retaliation.

"When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it," he said in footage aired on Israel’s major television networks.

"That’s how it was yesterday and that’s how we shall continue to act," Netanyahu added.

Meanwhile, Israeli aerial defence systems intercepted one of the Assad missiles, the Israeli army said, without elaborating. It would not say whether any other missiles struck Israeli-held territory, but said the safety of civilians and aircraft was "not compromised".

Israel is widely believed to have carried out several airstrikes in recent years on advanced weapons systems in Syria – including Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles and Iranian-made missiles – as well as Hezbollah positions.

It rarely comments on such operations and the military statement detailing the raid and comments confirming the operation by the Israeli prime minister were highly unusual.

Israel denies plane shot down

Hezbollah terrorists are fighting alongside Assad terrorists against Syrians. The Iran-backed terrorist group claimed to destroy Israel and ’fought’ a month-long war against  the Jewish state in 2006.

The firing of missiles by Assad terrorists toward Israeli aircraft is rare, though Israeli military officials reported a shoulder-fired missile attack a few months ago. 

Israeli Channel 10 TV reported that Israel deployed its Arrow defence system for the first time against a real threat and hit an incoming missile, intercepting it before it exploded in Israel.

However, Arrow is designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles high in the stratosphere, so it remained unclear why the system would have been used in this particular incident.

The Israeli military would not comment on the type of system used

Israel’s powerful transportation and intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told an Israeli TV station a message purported that Israel would not be complacent with "the Assad policy that arms Hezbollah."

While An Assad military statement said four Israeli warplanes violated Syrian airspace – flying into Syria through Lebanese territory – and targeted a military position in central Syria.

Assad regime said Assad anti-aircraft systems confronted the planes and claimed one of the jets was shot down in Israeli-controlled territory and that another was hit. The Israeli military denied the claim, saying none of the jets had been hit.