Israel on overnight raids: ‘Just the tip of the iceberg’ of IDF’s military capabilities

After destroying dozens of Iranian targets in Syria, the IDF deemed the military airstrikes “a great success.” The Israeli Air Force was responding to a large-scale rocket attack launched by Iranian forces. No damage or injuries were caused by the Iranian attack, and most of the rockets fell in Syrian territory.

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The IDF has stated that most of the rockets that were fired at the Israeli Golan Heights early Thursday morning by Iranian forces fell in Syria, rendering the attack a failure. In addition, four of the rockets were shot down by Iron Dome batteries that were moved to the area amid the rising tensions with Iran.

No damage or injuries were reported on the Israeli side. The Iranian rocket attack took place shortly after midnight. In response to the over 20 rockets that were fired from Syria, sirens blared in the Golan Heights area and residents quickly entered nearby bomb shelters.

Israeli fighter jet (archive) Photo Credit: Yissachar Ruas/TPS

In response, the IDF attacked dozens of Quds Force targets in the Arab country. Among the targets were intelligence sites, military bases and weapons depots in the Syrian Golan Heights and near Damascus. The Israeli military stated this morning that the Israeli Air Force strikes severely weakened Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria, crowning the air raids “a great success.”

IDF Spokesperson Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis told Army Radio this morning that the strike was one of the largest the IAF has carried out in recent years. “What we did last night is just the tip of the iceberg of the IDF’s capabilities, and it looks like the Iranians got the message,” he explained. The senior military official added that the Israeli strikes successfully set back the Iranian forces “by many months.”  

The Iranian targets attacked by Israel early Thursday morning Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

According to Israeli media, the IDF has confirmed that the attempted rocket attack was physically carried out by a Shiite militia that received the rockets from Iran and the launch orders from Hezbollah. However, the Israeli military stressed that despite Iran’s attempts to cover up its involvement, it is clear that Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani signed off on the attack and that Iran responsible for it.



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