Israeli army confirms it hit Iranian targets in Syria

Unusual Israeli confirmation of military action follows cross-border attacks on Sunday

Photo: AFP Israeli army Merkava tanks in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.

Israel confirmed early Monday that its military attacked Iranian targets in Syria, in a rare statement on such an operation. The military’s statement was issued hours after Israeli missile defenses intercepted an incoming missile over the Golan Heights in the wake of rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport.

“We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory,” it said. “We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory.

Until now Israel largely has refrained from public admissions of its covert military operations in neighboring Syria to avoid large-scale involvement in the eight-year civil war.

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