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The missile that was fired into the Israeli Golan Heights on Sunday and in response to, the IDF struck multiple targets throughout Syria, was fired from an area near Damascus which Israel had been assured was empty of Iranian forces.
“The firing of the missile yesterday, a launch that could have killed civilians, was fired by Iranians out of Damascus within an area that we were promised that there would be no Iranians,” IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis told reporters Monday morning.
Israel has worked closely with the United States and Russia to try and get Iranian and Hezbollah forces to depart Syria where they have been fighting alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the civil war started in the country some seven years ago.
“The bottom line is that such a missile fired by Iranians from an area where there they are not supposed to be is an Iranian attempt to attack Israel, to endanger civilians lives and military targets.”
Manelis stressed that the missile launch on Sunday and the Iranian targets struck early on Monday showed just how deep Iran’s entrenchment in Syria is.
“This is the third time that Iran has tried to attack Israel in the past year, he said, adding, “Iran is exploiting Syria, and Syria is paying a heavy price for facilitating Iranian actions.”
This route would cover approximately 800 miles of territory, including the Tigris and Euphrates valleys and the deserts of Iraq and Syria. If successful, the land bridge would give Iran the ability to transfer weapons t Hezbollah and project its power throughout the region.
Israel is concerned that such a presence would give Iran influence over political decision making in Syria. It could also mean that IRGC commanders, advisers and doctrines would be incorporated into Syria’s security architecture.
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