Israeli Airstrike Tuesday Targeted Irani's Money Convoy To Hezbollah
One of the targets of Tuesday’s Israeli airstrike in Syria was an Iranian money shipment on its way to Hezbollah of Lebanon, according to Al-Hadath and Al-Arabiya.
According to the sources of these two Arabic channels, a money shipment from Iran to Hezbollah, sent from Tehran to Damascus using Fars Airline, was destroyed by the Israeli airstrike while being loaded from the plane onto the truck.
Yesterday, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported Israeli airstrikes in the southeastern region of Syria near Damascus and in Quneitra governorate in the Golan Heights near the border with Israel on Tuesday. According to the state media, the strikes left no casualties and only caused material damage.
Hours after the attack, Syria Human Rights Watch announced that eight members of Iran-backed militant groups were killed in one of the attacks, and said none of the eight individuals were Syrian nationals.
According to the Syria Human Rights Watch, in the attack near Damascus, weapons depots of Iran’s Qods (Quds) Force and Hezbollah of Lebanon were targeted, along with a military base for a militia group.
Israeli Defense Force says the attack was in response to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) discovered in Israeli territory earlier.
A statement released by the IDF said: “Earlier, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops exposed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the Israeli side of the Alpha Line which were placed by a Syrian squad led by Iranian forces.”
“The IEDs’ exposure on Tuesday is further clear proof of the Iranian entrenchment in Syria,” the statement continued, while adding that Israel holds the Syrian government responsible for all actions perpetrated in Syria.
According to Syria Human Rights Watch, during past year IDF has launched at least 26 strikes against Iran-backed militant targets on Syrian soil, killing 206 military and paramilitary forces, out of which only 41 were Syrian. Iran’s Qods Force, the international arm of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) started its activities in Syria during the civil war in support of the Assad regime, and after the war it began setting up bases near the Syrian-Israeli border.
Islamic Republic officials and Bashar Assad initially denied any presence of Iranian forces in Syria, and claimed Iran’s support was only in form of training and consultation. But in recent years Iranian officials have been openly talking about the military presence of the IRGC forces in Syria and its subsidiaries such as Fatemiyoun and Zeinabiyoun.
Israel sees Iran’s military presence near the Golan Heights as a direct threat to its security and has repeatedly declared that it will not allow Iran to position its forces and establish a permanent military presence near its border.