Monday, March 1st, 2021
Air defense intercepts Israeli missiles
Several rockets are said to have been fired from the Golan Heights in the direction of Damascus. You should probably meet pro-Iranian militias. Israel wants to prevent Iran from expanding its influence in the civil war country.
According to the government there, the Syrian air force intercepted several Israeli missiles. Late on Sunday evening, Israel launched an air strike from the Golan Heights on targets in the Damascus area, the state news agency Sana reported, citing military sources. The Syrian Air Force “brought down most of the missiles”. Initially, no deaths or injuries were reported.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Sayyida Seinab area in southern Damascus was the target of the attacks. Fighters from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Lebanese Hezbollah are present there.
The UK-based observatory draws its information from a network of local informants. The information provided by the activist organization can often hardly be verified by an independent party. The Israeli army said it did not comment on reports in foreign media.
Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria in 2011, the Israeli military has carried out hundreds of air strikes against the Syrian government forces and their allies. They are often directed against pro-Iranian militias. Israel wants to push back the military influence of Iran, which is allied with the government in Damascus, in the neighboring civil war country. Tehran sees Israel as an archenemy.
Israel also suspects Iran is behind the explosion on the cargo ship of an Israeli company in the Gulf of Oman a few days ago. There was an explosion on the “Helios Ray”, which is flying the flag of the Bahamas and was en route from Saudi Arabia to Singapore. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday evening that this assessment must be “further examined”.