Israel Launches Airstrike On Iranian Targets In Syria

Israel Defense Forces announced the attack in a rare, real-time series of tweets and later a press release.
Posted at 1:20 PM, Jan 21, 2019

Israel has launched an airstrike on Iranian targets in Syria. 

Israel Defense Forces announced the attack in a real-time series of tweets and, later, a press release. It was a rare deviation from its usual policy of vagueness when it comes to the country's activities in Syria. 

The armed forces said the attack was in response to "the launching of a ground-to-ground missile carried out by an Iranian force from Syrian territory into Israeli territory." Those attacks were thwarted by an Israeli defense system. 

An IDF spokesman said the military attacked "weapons storage sites, intelligence and training sites," including an arms storage site at the Damascus International Airport. 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — a group based in the U.K. — said the strikes were Israel's most intense attacks against the Iranian targets in Syria since May.