Sharp Escalation of Israeli Involvement in Syria
The Israeli air attacks on Damascus today targeted multiple locations in and around the city and was the second raid in 48 hours, signaling a sharp escalation of Israeli involvement during a bloody civil war in Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had in the past drawn a “red line” to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining new arms that could upset the existing power structure in the region. The delivery of Iranian-made Fateh-110 ballistic missiles to Hezbollah through Syria could have been regarded as crossing the line.
Al Jazeera quoted Syrian sources as saying the multiple strikes today hit targets in the Qudssaya area of Damascus, the arms depot at the Fourth Armored Division camp on Qasioun Mountain, a Republican Guard camp at Wadi Barada, targets at the suburb of As-Saboura, to the west of Damascus, buildings near the international airport believed to be used as temporary storage facilities, and a convoy reportedly carrying the Fateh missiles. On Friday, Israel had also hit warehouses near the Damascus airport.
Israel later deployed Iron Dome missile defense system in the north of the country. But as of yet, the attacks have not elicited any response from Syria, or its allies in Iran or the Hezbollah.
File photo: An Israeli F-16 (AFP)