Syrian army says Israeli jets target Damascus countryside after Iran warns of repercussions

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Israeli aircraft have pelted area outside Damascus with missiles, Syria’s state media reported. The reported air raid comes shortly after Tehran warned Tel Aviv against “crossing red lines” in Syria, vowing stark response.

Israeli jets rained down missiles on the area in the vicinity of Damascus from the occupied Golan Heights and Israel’s northern Galilee region in the early hours of Monday, Syria’s SANA news agency reported. The Syrian military said that its air defences intercepted “most of the missiles.”

#فيديو || #سانا .. من تصدي دفاعاتنا الجوية للعـــــدوان الإســــرائيـــلي في أجواء محيط مدينة #دمشقpic.twitter.com/H2bkt3l8ET

— سانا عاجل (@SanaAjel) February 14, 2021

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) routinely strike Syria’s territory under the pretext of wiping out Iranian targets there to prevent Tehran from gaining a foothold in the region. Israel rarely acknowledges its incursions into the Syrian territory, in line with its long-standing policy not to comment on bombing raids overseas.

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The fresh barrage of missiles hit the outskirts of the Syrian capital shortly after Ali Asghar Khaji, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s senior aide for special political affairs, chided Israel for “aggressive and hostile” policies in Syria. In an interview to Sputnik published on Sunday, the official said that while Iranian forces operate in Syria at the request of the government to fight terrorists, “Israel supports them.”

He also warned Tel Aviv of “crossing the red lines” in Syria, noting that it shall brace itself for “the toughest response” in this case.

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