On march 17th, Israeli Defense Forces released on their official twitter account « overnight, IAF aircraft struck several targets in Syria and were fired upon by anti-aircraft missiles ». This statement was considered « unusual » due to the fact that IDF’s common policy consisted in remaining silent when carrying out airstrikes in Syria with the aim of preventing high-value weaponry (sophisticated SAM systems, anti-ship missiles or even ballistic missiles such as 4th gen Fateh-110) from crossing the Syrian-Lebanese border into Hezbollah’s hands. The only acknowledged and announced IDF actions concerned retaliations in response from incoming fire on the Syrian-Israeli border.
Today’s statement made no mention of retaliatory measures yet it mentioned that airstrikes were conducted against Hezbollah’s strategic assets in Syria’s Homs district, not far from the recently freed Palmyra, recently liberated by the Syrian army’s fifth legion with a backing from Russia.
Later on, Israeli media reported that the…
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