Syria’s Foreign Ministry responded to the early morning attack on Iranian targets in its territory by claiming that Israel is responsible for the escalating tension in the region. Syria said only three people were killed in the large-scale strike and that a radar and a weapons warehouse were destroyed. Meanwhile, a Syrian human rights group claims that at least 23 were killed.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Photo Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Syria’s Foreign Ministry blamed Israel for the escalated situation in the Golan Heights and warned that regional tensions will rise as a result. The ministry added that the Israeli attack constitutes “a new stage in the aggression” against Damascus.

“The aggressive conduct of the Zionist entity will only increase tensions in the region and destabilize security and peace,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to Syria, only three people were killed and a few others were injured in the early morning attack. However, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 23 people were killed and that among them were two military officers and three soldiers from the Assad regime. The organization also said that 18 militia fighters were killed, but that it is still not clear whether any Iranians were among them, and that the number of casualties may rise due to the severity of the injuries.

A spokesperson for the Syrian Army said on state TV that during Israel’s attack, a radar and a military equipment warehouse were destroyed. However, he stressed that most of Israel’s missiles were intercepted.

The IDF stated this morning that most of the Iranian rockets that were fired at the Israeli Golan Heights 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.